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American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, a multi-year public media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to help communities identify and implement solutions to high school dropout crisis. This local and national initiative uses the power of public media to shed light on the barriers to success our young people face, and partner with communities to break those barriers down.

More than 75 public radio and television stations in over 30 states have joined forces with over 1,000 partners and 200 at-risk schools to shed light on the problem and share solutions. Through American Graduate: Let's Make it Happen, local public television and radio stations are empowering individuals at the community level with knowledge by increasing national and local reporting, convening diverse local stakeholders, and providing access to free resources for teachers and parents. By working together and remaining vigilant, we are increasing the footprint of progress, reaching more children and communities and seeding the foundation for a prosperous economic future for our country.

American Graduate demonstrates public media's commitment to education and its deep roots in every community it serves. Beyond providing programming that educates, informs and inspires, public radio and television stations — locally owned and operated — are an important resource in helping to address critical issues. American Graduate content can be accessed for free by all Americans and, like so much of the content found across public television and radio — on air and online — directly benefits our civil society. As the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting, as well as the only entity that represents the breadth of the industry — public television, public radio, producers and local stations — CPB is pleased to share these highlights of work happening across the country. For every dollar of federal funding invested in public media, local stations are leveraging it six times over to benefit their communities and are building an engaged and informed citizenry.

American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen is made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting working with local public media stations, public media producers, and distributors to share resources and community models for increased efficiencies and local success. Along with the communities we serve, together, we're making it happen!


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