“When I was Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, I had a front row seat for the impact of public media and I am an unabashed supporter. It has a commitment to the public good and has the assets and resources to reach consumers in their communities. To reach citizens in the neighborhoods where things matter. ~Michael Powell, Former Chair of the FCC and President of the National Cable telecommunications Association.
“The beautiful thing about public media is that the resources in terms of expertise are there…the American Graduate program is a program that blends passion, reason, and courage and represents the best of what this country has to offer.” ~ Hill Harper, Actor
“When I think about the American Graduate and its initiative to engage communities and families, I see a possibility for success because it can’t be from the top down or the outside in, it has to come from the home.” ~ America Ferrera, Award-winning actress
Anna Deavere Smith is a CPB Thought Leader Award winner and champion of the American Graduate Initiative. She advocates helping students succeed in the classroom by “switching on their power of genius.”
I realize now that not everyone had the same opportunities as me, and graduating is not a given in many communities. The young people who don’t graduate will be passed over for jobs and will have a difficult time creating a life for themselves. On American Graduate Day, viewers will get ... an intimate look at the organization I am very proud to be a part of, Harlem RBI, and how our efforts in East Harlem are changing the face of an entire community through sports, education and, of course, graduation.” ~ Mark Teixeria, New York Yankees First Baseman
"The world we live in now -it's impossible to have a life if you don't graduate high school... I really think I might not have been able to handle [the fame that] happened to me had I not had an education. I really mean it. It makes you. It turns you into a person. Into and adult. And so, I don't think you can underestimate the effect is has on your life." - Actor Tony Danza
"We have to decide as a country, how we want to shape our future… whether we're going to keep investing in the things that are going to make American continue to be great. And education is such an important component of that. And arts education is… an underrated component of education." -Singer-Songwriter John Legend