National American Graduate Day Partners
Learn about our American Graduate Day partners and join them in making a difference in your community.
4-H is the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization. More than 6 million 4-H youth in urban neighborhoods, suburban schoolyards and rural farming communities stand out among their peers: building revolutionary opportunities and implementing community-wide change at an early age.
The Advertising Council is a non-profit organization that produces, distributes, and promotes public service announcements by partnering with advertising agencies who work pro bono, on behalf of various sponsors, including non-profit organizations, non-governmental organizations and agencies of the United States government.
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.
After-School All-Stars (ASAS) provides comprehensive after-school programs that keep children safe and help them succeed in school and life. Our vision is for our All-Stars to be safe and healthy, to graduate high school and go to college, to find careers they love and then give back to their communities.
America’s Promise Alliance leads the nation’s largest network dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth. As its signature effort, the GradNation campaign mobilizes Americans to increase the on-time high school graduation rate to 90 percent by the Class of 2020 and prepare young people for postsecondary enrollment and the 21st century workforce.
Best Buddies® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Best Buddies’ eight formal programs — Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies® , Jobs, Ambassadors, and Promoters — engage participants in each of the 50 states and in over 50 countries, positively impacting the lives of more than 900,000 people with and without disabilities around the world. In many cases, as a result of their involvement with Best Buddies, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities secure rewarding jobs, live on their own, become inspirational leaders, and make lifelong friendships.
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 Boys & Girls Clubs provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non- school hours.
City Year, an education-focused organization fueled by national service, is dedicated to helping students and schools succeed. Diverse teams of City Year AmeriCorps members provide full-time, high-impact student, classroom and school-wide supports to help students stay in school and on track to graduate from high school, ready for college and career success.
For nearly 40 years, Communities In Schools has been helping students achieve in school, graduate and go on to bright futures. Their mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
AARP Foundation works to ensure that low-income older adults have nutritious food, affordable housing, a steady income and strong and sustaining bonds. We collaborate with individuals and organizations who share our commitment to innovation and our passion for problem solving. Supported by vigorous legal advocacy, we create and advance effective solutions that help struggling older adults transform their lives. AARP Foundation is the affiliated charity of AARP.
Unlock greatness in the 1 in 5 people who learn differently. That’s Eye to Eye’s vision, as the only national organization run by and for people with learning “disabilities” such as dyslexia and ADHD. From one-on-one mentoring and inspiring speakers to large-scale culture change, Eye to Eye’s outcomes focus on the strengthening of essential social-emotional skills, including self-esteem, self-advocacy, and community building.
Friends of the Children helps youth facing the highest risks dramatically change their story. Our model is courageous, unique, and proven. We provide each child with a salaried, professional mentor, who we call a Friend, from kindergarten through graduation. 12 ½ years. No matter what.
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. They have programs for girls from coast to coast and across the globe, offering every girl a chance to do something amazing.
In full partnership with families and communities, Graham Windham strives to make a life-altering difference with children, youth and families affected by abuse, neglect and delinquency by providing each child we serve with a strong foundation for life: a safe, loving, permanent family and the opportunity and preparation to thrive in school and in the world.
Students attend a 6-week summer program on the campus of an independent school, college, or university, and receive additional support throughout the year. In small classes led by professional teachers, students dive into a rich curriculum with a focus on reading, STEM, and art. Swimming and other confidence-boosting activities break down barriers to success and expose children to new opportunities. Children join Horizons the summer before Kindergarten and return to the program each year through 12th grade, building lasting relationships with their teachers and peers, and developing life skills essential for success
iMentor matches every student in their partner schools with a committed college educated mentor, equipped to guide that young person in their journey to college graduation.
The Inline-to-Ice (i2i) program is a 16-week off-ice inline skating program that introduces students to the fundamentals of four different ice sports - ice hockey, figure skating, speed skating, and curling - to inspire a passion for skating and the benefits that can be gained through life-long participation.
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a non-profit, educational institution featuring the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid, the space shuttle Enterprise, the world’s fastest jets and a guided missile submarine. Through exhibitions, educational programming and the foremost collection of technologically groundbreaking aircraft and vessels, visitors of all ages and abilities are taken on an interactive journey through history to learn about American innovation and bravery.
Jazz at Lincoln Center program for youth (Jazz for Young People) provides lessons, performances, and training in jazz music to students in New York.
Bus is a state-of-the-art mobile audio and HD video recording and production facility. Now in its 18th year, the Lennon Bus is committed to providing students with increased access to music, audio, video, and broadcast technologies. The program works together with local partners to create free events for middle, high school, and college age students to tour the bus, and participate in the production of music, video and digital photography projects reflective of their ideas and concerns, regardless of their levels of expertise.
Founded in 1919, Junior Achievement USA (JA) is the world’s largest and longest running nonprofit economic education organization for students in grades K through 12. They currently reach 4.5 million students in 116 communities across the United States, empowering them to own their economic success through the promotion of financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.
MENTOR’S vision is that every young person has the supportive relationships they need to grow and develop into thriving, productive and engaged adults. MENTOR’S 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.
Born out of an understanding about the issues facing both boys and men of color and their surrounding ecosystem, MBK Alliance’s vision is to make the American Dream available to all boys and young men of color by eliminating gaps in their opportunities and outcomes.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is the United States government agency responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA's missions, programs and projects are ensuring the United States will remain the world's leader in space exploration and scientific discovery for years to come, while making critical advances in aerospace, technology development and aeronautics.
In a P-TECH 9-14 school, students earn a high school diploma, an industry-recognized associate degree, and gain relevant work experience in a growing field. The schools create a seamless program for students to acquire the academic, technical, and workplace skills and knowledge that employers need.
RIF envisions a literate America in which all children have access to books and the opportunity to achieve their full potential through the power of reading and learning. By providing children with access to and choice of high-quality books, enriching literacy resources and motivational activities, we empower young minds to embrace the world of reading and learning.
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteers dedicated to tackling the world's most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.
Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit media and educational organization behind Sesame Street, the pioneering television show that has been reaching and teaching children since 1969. Today, Sesame Workshop is an innovative force for change, with a mission to help kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder.
The Sparkle Effect promotes and supports social inclusion of students with disabilities by empowering teens nationwide to include students with disabilities alongside their typically-developing peers in school-based cheer and dance programs. The result: students with and without disabilities gain acceptance and confidence, become passionate leaders, and help schools and communities embrace inclusion.
Step Up believes that ending the high school dropout crisis depends on mentorship. Step Up inspires professional women to inspire teen girls through after-school and mentorship programs. They introduce girls to many women in various industries who’ve made different choices and enable the girls to be inspired by these strong women.
Summer Search is a dynamic national non-profit organization that finds resilient low-income high school students and inspires them to become responsible and altruistic leaders by providing year-round mentoring, life-changing summer experiences, college advising, and a lasting support network. Summer Search started in 1990 in San Francisco and currently operates in seven sites serving 700 students and 1,700 alumni nationally.
United Way Worldwide is the leadership and support organization for the network of nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 45 countries and territories. It advances the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all, by focusing on education, income and health. The United Way movement mobilizes millions to action — to give, advocate and volunteer — to improve the conditions in which they live.
The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in America's public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child's complete education.
The Y is a leading nonprofit organization for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The organization is comprised of a powerful association of men, women, and children committed to bringing about lasting personal and social change. With a focus on nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the nation’s health and well-being and providing opportunities to give back and support neighbors, the Y enables youth, adults, families and communities to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.