About the Initiative

*Visit the national American Graduate website at americangraduate.org.

WFSU has been selected by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to be the American Graduate public media hub station for the North Florida area. American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting working with national partners, such as America's Promise Alliance and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The goal is to help local communities across America find solutions to address the dropout crisis. The initiative builds upon public media's long-standing commitment to education by facilitating conversations and strengthening partnerships between public media stations and local schools, businesses, and community organizations. The mission is to help students stay on the path to a high school diploma.

WFSU will be working with five other stations in Florida: WLRN in Miami, WEDU and WUSF in Tampa, WDSC in Daytona Beach and WJCT in Jacksonville. There are 19 other American Graduate public media hub stations across the country that are part of this national initiative.

WFSU will implement awareness strategies and engagement activities in collaboration with local schools and other interested community partners.

Background

Florida high school students are at risk for failure. The Alliance for Excellent Education indicates that just 63% of high school students graduate. As the economy evolves from an agriculture and tourism base, it can no longer fully absorb unskilled labor. We must re-evaluate how we are supporting student success and if we are creating pathways that take students from school to career. Educators must determine what motivates students, how they learn and how we can be more successful in supporting students towards positive outcomes.