In Washington, DC the graduation rate is 65%, with the biggest gaps existing in students of different races, ethnicities, family incomes, and disabilities.
WHUT is working with the Washington, DC community and a network of community partners to bring awareness to drop-out crisis and help keep more Washington, D.C. students on track to graduate
On American Graduate Day 2015, WHUT broadcasted and live streamed seven hours of national and local content designed to raise awareness of the incredible work being done across the country to keep students in school. Locally, we featured organizations like College Success Foundation, YWCA and The Fishing School. Throughout the day, viewers were asked to join the movement and “Become a Champion” on our website at American Graduate Day 2015.
In the community, WHUT offers American Graduate Digital Media Arts Club (dMAC), which provides students with hands-on training in digital media production, literacy, video production, social media, and presentation development. dMAC participants have shown that the skills gained in the club can positively impact academic achievement, attendance and engagement in the classroom. We’ve partnered with Washington Metropolitan High School, Girls Inc., United Planning Organization, Eastern Senior High School, CentroNia, Anacostia High School, Ballou Senior High School, and Anacostia Neighborhood Library to host the dMAC programs. You can see some of the students work in the Youth Voices section.
We’ve also hosted community screenings of powerful American Graduate documentaries like The Homestretch.
For more information about WHUT’s American Graduate work visit http://www.whut.org/americangraduate/