American Graduate Day Partners 2017 | American Graduate (Main)


National American Graduate Day Partners

Learn about our American Graduate Day partners and join them in making a difference in your community.



Ace Mentor

The ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc. (ACE) helps mentor high school students and inspires them to pursue careers in design and construction. It’s now the construction industry's fastest-growing high school mentoring program, reaching over 8,000 students annually.


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America’s Promise Alliance is devoted to helping to create the conditions for success for all young people, including the millions currently being left behind. Their work is powered by their belief that all children are capable of learning and thriving, and that every individual, institution and sector shares the responsibility to help young people succeed.


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Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.

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For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.


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The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations, providing programs for young people that build character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and develops personal fitness. For more than 100 years, Boy Scouts of America has helped build future leaders by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun.

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Café Momentum, a Dallas-based restaurant and culinary training facility, transforms young people’s lives by providing a positive environment in which at-risk youth who have spent time in juvenile facilities receive intensive culinary, job and life-skill training, as well as continued mentorship and support, enabling them to achieve their full potential.



NASA’s Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium (WSGC) is pleased to announce the 8th Annual First Nations Launch (FNL) High-Powered Rocket Competition. This competition is an opportunity for students attending a Tribal College or University, or who are members of a campus AISES chapter, to design, build, and fly a rocket to be launched at a competition at the Richard Bong State Recreational Area in Kansasville, WI


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The Apprentice School—founded in 1919 at Newport News Shipbuilding—is the preeminent apprenticeship program in the nation and offers four-, five-, and eight-year apprenticeships in nineteen shipbuilding disciplines and eight advanced programs of study. The school offers apprentices the opportunity to earn college credit, receive competitive pay and benefits and learn a trade. The school is committed to fostering apprentices’ development of craftsmanship, scholarship and leadership.


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The Kids In Need Foundation’s mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed in the classroom by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need. Last year, the Kids In Need Foundation helped 154,000 teachers and 4.8 million students in some of the most challenged communities across the country. In our 20 years, we have distributed nearly $800 million in supplies to kids who would otherwise go without.


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MENTOR’S vision is that every young person has the supportive relationships they need to grow and develop into thriving, productive and engaged adults. Their mission is to fuel the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships for America’s young people and to close the mentoring gap for the one in three young people growing up without this critical support.

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Empowers all students to create with technology to solve real problems and make meaningful change in our world. Mouse is committed to creating more diversity in STEM and opening opportunities for students from underserved communities across the country.

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The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship inspires young people from low-income communities to find their paths to success. We work closely with educators in high-need schools to re-engage students in learning, introduce them to business concepts, and open up their possibilities for the future.

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Per Scholas was founded more than 20 years ago with a mission to open doors to transformative technology careers for individuals from often overlooked communities. They accomplish this mission today by creating opportunity, closing the skills divide, and achieving diversity.

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Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street and so much more. Their mission is to help kids grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. Sesame Workshop’s recipe for success is combining a curriculum that addresses children’s critical developmental needs with the sophisticated use of media and a large dose of fun.

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United Way goes beyond temporary fixes to create lasting change in communities around the world. By bringing people and organizations together around innovative solutions, they impact millions of lives every year. Their focus is on education, income and health—the building blocks for a good quality of life.

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VH1 Save the Music Foundation is dedicated to restoring music programs in America’s public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education. They develop strategic partnerships with school districts to build sustainable instrumental music programs by providing grants of brand-new musical instruments to public elementary and middle schools. VH1 Save the Music Foundation’s goal is to give every child in this country access to a musical instrument.


To read more about American Graduate Day 2016 partners, click here.

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2017 Hosts and Guests

Soledad O'Brien
Soledad O'Brien
Juju Chang
Juju Chang
Sheba Turk
Sheba Turk
Susie Gharib
Susie Gharib
Rehema Ellis
Rehema Ellis
Colin Powell
General Colin Powell
Alma Powell
Alma Powell
Hakeem Oluseyi
Hakeem Oluseyi