“American Graduate Day”, Hosted by Soledad O’Brien, Promotes Mentorship as a Means of Boosting African-American Graduation Rates

“American Graduate Day” returns to Arizona PBS this fall, hosted by Peabody Award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien and featuring a lineup of high-profile guests who will discuss strategies to boost high school graduation rates across the country.
“American Graduate Day” returns to Arizona PBS this fall, hosted by Peabody Award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien and featuring a lineup of high-profile guests who will discuss strategies to boost high school graduation rates across the country.

Hosted by Soledad O’Brien, American Graduate Day will broadcast and stream live as part of PBS’ Spotlight  Education Week

While the national high school graduation rate is at an all-time high, hitting more than 82 percent last year, the graduate rates for students of color are still lower than those of the overall student population, according to the latest Building a Grad Nation Report.

The 5th annual American Graduate Day on September 17, 2016 will focus on mentorship as a solution to one of the nation’s biggest education challenges.

Hosted by Soledad O’Brien, American Graduate Day will feature leading education, media and celebrity figures who will highlight the role of mentoring to help close the graduation gap, share inspirational stories from across the nation, and encourage others to connect with students as a mentor.

“The American Graduate initiative reflects public media’s long-term commitment of service to our communities, particularly the underserved,” said Pat Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. “American Graduate’s success is built upon public media stations’ local partnerships that have illuminated the challenges and inspired citizens and organizations to work together to address them.”

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SOURCE: EEW Magazine