2016 National American Graduate Day Partners
Learn more about our American Graduate Day partners and join them in making a difference in your community.
Learn more 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.
100 Black Men of Syracuse improves the quality of life within our communities and enhance educational and economic opportunities of all African Americans.
ACE Mentor Program's mission is to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, and construction through mentoring and to support their continued advancement in the industry.
The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education, and exhibition.
Preparing high-achieving, under-resourced high school students to get in to, excel at and graduate from strong-fit, four-year colleges
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.
Born This Way Foundation, launched in 2012 by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta, is committed to supporting the wellness of young people and empowering them to create a kinder and braver world.
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.
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.
Enchanted Circle Theater (ECT) is a non-profit, educational theater company that has been engaging, enhancing, and inspiring learning through the arts since 1976. ECT is the regional leader in the field of arts integration, using theater arts as a dynamic teaching tool in the classroom, on the stage, and in the community.
Get Schooled is a national non-profit founded on the belief that students themselves have the power to improve their future if given the right information and motivation. Get Schooled leverages the key influences in teens’ lives to directly motivate them to stay committed to graduating from high school and going on to college. Since their founding in mid-2010, Get Schooled has reached millions and engaged hundreds of thousands – motivating and delivering a unique mix of entertainment and value to teens across the nation.
Serving children and adults of all ages, Gigi’s Playhouse is an established series of down syndrome achievement centers that provides educational and therapeutic programs at no charge to families, and in a format that individuals with down syndrome learn best. All programs aim to maximize self-confidence and empower individuals to achieve their greatest potential.
For over 100 years, Girl Scouts has been committed to its mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
The GO Project’s mission is to shape the futures of low-income New York City public school children by providing critical academic, social, and emotional support starting in the early elementary years. The GO Project provides year-round educational and family support services to children who are performing below grade level and equips them with the confidence and skills needed to succeed at school, at home, and in life.
Goodwill GoodGuides is a national mentoring program for youth between the ages of 12 and 17 who are at risk for making harmful choices, such as dropping out of school or joining a gang., by helping youth build career plans and skills, and prepare for school completion, post-secondary training, and productive work.
Green Bronx Machine builds healthy, equitable, and resilient communities through inspired education, local food systems, and 21st Century workforce development. Dedicated to cultivating minds and harvesting hope, Green Bronx Machine grows healthy students and healthy schools to transform communities that are fragmented and marginalized into neighborhoods that are inclusive and thriving.
Begun in 1964, Horizons National Summer Programs are a network of high-quality academic enrichment programs that provide long-term deep engagement to low-income public school students. The hands-on approach is designed to fuel a life-long passion for learning, using a blend of high-quality academics with arts, sports, cultural enrichment, and confidence-building challenges, particularly swimming. Given an opportunity to attend for nine consecutive summers, Horizons students grow in skills and confidence, returning to their own schools each fall better prepared.
Therapeutic Riding Program, Hippotherapy Program, and Summer Day Camp provides a wide range of horse-related programs to children, adults, and families with special needs to promote the physical, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being of its participants.
Launched by Dolly Parton in 1995, the Imagination Library fosters a love of reading among preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. Since the initial program launch in the United States, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library has gone from just a few dozen books to over 60 million books mailed to children in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Currently, over 1,600 local communities provide the Imagination Library to over 750,000 children each and every month.
The John Lennon Educational Tour 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.
Founded in 1995, Kids in Need Foundation's mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need.
Little Kids Rock is dedicated to ensuring that all students have the opportunity to unlock their inner music-maker. Founded in 2002, Little Kids Rock has given more than 400,000 underserved schoolchildren across the U.S. access to fun, engaging, music classes and brand new instruments at no cost to the students, teachers, or school districts.
Merrimack Hall’s mission is to provide visual and performing arts education, and cultural activities, to children and adults with special needs and to provide quality professional entertainment to the community. More than 500 people with special needs participate in Merrimack Hall’s Johnny Stallings Arts Program (JSAP), which offers year-round arts education, and social and cultural opportunities to children, teens and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities.
The Miracle League removes the barriers that keep children with mental and physical disabilities off the baseball field and lets them experience the joy of America’s favorite pastime. There are currently over 240 Miracle League Organizations across the country including Puerto Rico and Canada, serving over 200,000 children and adults.
The mission of the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education is to advocate for high quality, comprehensive and sequential arts education for all Mississippi students.
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.
The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship's (NFTE) mission is to provide programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures. NFTE has worked with more than 600,000 young people from low-income communities in programs across the U.S. and around the world and operates their successful curriculum in 17 U.S. communities and 10 countries and continues to expand - sharing and spreading the transformative power of entrepreneurship.
Founded in 1954, Opportunity Village serves children and adults in the southern Nevada community with intellectual disabilities to enhance their lives and the lives of the families who love them. Through vocational training, community employment, day services, advocacy, arts and social recreation, citizens with severe disabilities are able to find new friends, realize future career paths, seek independence and community integration and unleash creative passions.
Connects students with a network of public broadcasting mentors, an innovative journalism curriculum and an online collaborative space to develop digital media, critical thinking and communication skills while producing original news reports.
The Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) program improves children's reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to an animal. R.E.A.D. companions are registered therapy animals who volunteer with their owner/handlers as a team, going to schools, libraries and many other settings as reading companions for children. R.E.A.D. is the first and foremost program that utilizes therapy animals to help kids improve their reading and communication skills and also teaches them to love books and reading.
Reading is Fundamental motivates young children to read by working with them, their parents, and community members to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life. RIF's highest priority is reaching underserved children from birth to age 8.
Roadtrip Nation is a public television series and grassroots movement that encourages young people to hit the road in search of interviews with leaders who have defined their own distinct routes through life.
Save the Children gives children in the United States and around the world what every child deserves -- a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and care when disaster strikes. In 2014, Save the Children worked in 120 countries, including the United States, and helped more than 166 million children — including more than 55 million children directly.
Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect worldwide.
United Way advances the common good by focusing on education, income and health – the building blocks for a good quality life. The United Way movement mobilizes millions to take action and create lasting changes in communities around the world.
Urban Dove's mission is to provide young people, regardless of their economic or social background, the critical skills needed to develop into strong, successful adults who are economically, socially and emotionally independent. Their program model uses a combination of academics, life skills, job skills and sports to energize, educate and empower young people in a safe, positive environment of high expectations and shared responsibility.
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.
Hosted by the LSU College of Engineering Office for Diversity Programs, the annual eXploration Camp for Inspiring Tomorrow’s Engineers, or XCITE, provides students a number of opportunities to learn about engineering through hands-on workshops and activities across a wide range of disciplines. Students participate in hands-on demonstrations, field trips and networking with female industry professionals.
Emotions drive learning, decision making, creativity, relationships, and health. The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence uses the power of emotions to create a more effective and compassionate society. The Center conducts research and teaches people of all ages how to develop their emotional intelligence.
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.
The mission of the Zebra Coalition is to foster hope, dignity and self-respect in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBT+) youth and to provide them an opportunity to grow-up in a safe, healthy and supportive environment. Partners in the Zebra Coalition support youth in need of shelter, emotional or spiritual guidance, medical services, or education, regardless of their personal, economic or social circumstances.
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