YMCA’s Stan Law Receives Public Media American Graduate Champion Award

Feb 22, 2016

Washington, D.C. (February 22, 2016) — The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) today announced YMCA of Greater Birmingham’s Stan Law will be honored as an American Graduate Champion for his lifelong commitment to ensuring all children have access to a quality education and for his partnership with Alabama Public Television. The award will be presented today at the Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) Public Media Summit in Washington, D.C. during a special program hosted by CPB.

“Stan has brought increased emphasis on academics within YMCA programs and access to public media content to ensure Birmingham’s children have the fundamental building blocks that will keep them in school,” said APT Executive Director Roy Clem. “Stan recognizes the power of education, especially in underserved communities, and the YMCA is a great partner helping to build a community of support for every student.”

“Stan Law is a role model of leadership and service to his community fostering innovative public-private partnerships. Through his work with Alabama Public Television, the YMCA is providing educational opportunities for underserved youth and we celebrate him as an American Graduate Champion,” added Pat Harrison, president and CEO, CPB.

The child of two educators, Law has been a leader for the YMCA since 1990, holding senior leadership roles at YMCAs in Cincinnati, Washington, D.C. and his hometown of Charlotte, N.C.   Law now oversees 14 YMCA branches, with more than 60,000 members and 15,000 program participants, in the two-county Greater Birmingham area.

About American Graduate

American Graduate: Let's Make it Happen was launched in 2011 with 25 public media stations in high need communities to spotlight the high school dropout crisis. Today, more than 125 public radio and television stations in over 48 states have partnered with over 1,500 community organizations and schools, as well as Alma and Colin Powell's America's Promise Alliance, Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Education, Alliance for Excellent Education, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation. With primetime and children’s programming that educates, informs and inspires, public radio and television stations are important resources in helping to address critical issues facing today’s communities. According to a report from the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Education, American Graduate stations have told the story about the dropout crisis in a way that empowered citizens to get involved, and helped community organizations break down silos to work more effectively together.

About Alabama Public Television

Alabama Public Television – the nation’s first statewide educational television network – touches the lives of Alabama citizens every day through television production and broadcasting, extensive online resources, community partnerships and other services, including vital statewide communications for Alabama public safety and emergency management. APT’s live, interactive electronic field trips have served nearly three million students nationwide and have been nationally recognized with awards for innovation and educational excellence.

About CPB

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,400 locally owned and operated public television and radio stations nationwide. CPB is also the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services. For more information, visitwww.cpb.org and follow CPB on Twitter @CPBmediaFacebook, and LinkedIn.