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National Initiative Engaging the Twin Cities Community

Twin Cities PublicTelevision's work with the American Graduate initiative focuses on building a positive narrative about Minnesota’s youth by sharing their stories and voices. Together with community and education partners we are increasing local and national reporting about how young people are learning and living, empowering those we engage to hear, support and celebrate our students.

tpt met with African-American youth in several schools - including outstate, suburban, and metro high schools. These listening sessions were designed to ask questions and generate conversation about the realities and challenges of being an African-American student in Minnesota. Out of these listening sessions, six high school seniors were identified as distinct voices to feature in the online and on-air content.

Shining a light on Black Brilliance 

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Our featured youth were interviewed and filmed in their schools, homes, and other community places that supported and uplifted their passions and interests. In addition to the youth, tpt interviewed parents and family members, teachers, administrators, creative mentors, and others who encouraged their graduation success.


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