In California – where 14 percent of the nation’s low-income students live – 21 percent of all students and 27 percent of low-income students did not graduate from high school.* PBS SoCaL’s local American Graduate initiative works to help stem the dropout crisis in Southern California communities by empowering students to graduate and pursue college and careers. By convening and mobilizing community members we help connect low income families, schools, libraries, and organizations to provide content and services both inside and outside the classroom. PBS SoCal also aired documentaries, raising further awareness of the needs of high school students, and American Graduate Champion spots, celebrating leaders in our local community.
KQED, PBS SoCal, KVCR, KLCS, Valley PBS and KVIE Public Television have taken on improving youth outcomes throughout the state of California. Each station has used a number of initiatives, programs and other tactics to address the dropout issue in their community. For instance, KQED's American Graduate blog offers stories about the dropout crisis including the unique stories of 6 Oakland graduates who are moving on from high school to their next chapter in life, while PBS SoCal uses media to engage students and empower them to tell their stories.
To see each station’s latest efforts, along with those who participated in American Graduate Day, visit their respective websites: