This October, American Graduate Day Will Look Beyond High School Graduation
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
America's Promise Alliance
For the last five years, American Graduate Day has emphasized the importance of high school graduation through telling stories, creating resources, and building community connections.
This year, they’re doing things a little bit different.
On October 14, American Graduate Day (#AMGRAD) will look beyond high school graduation and explore post-secondary pathways to career success, which could include traditional universities as well as job training and certification programs, the military, and apprenticeship programs.
It will continue to focus on high school graduation and the role of mentorship, but for the first time it is spotlighting the individuals, organizations, and community partnerships that equip young people with the skills and resources to enter the workforce from multiple pathways.
Soledad O'Brien will once again host the event, which will be broadcast live from Tisch WNET Studios in NYC on public television stations across the country. It will also stream on americangraduate.org on October 14, 2017 from 2-6PM ET (check local TV listings).
Celebrity guests and more than 30 nonprofit, corporate, and philanthropic organizations will be featured as partners for American Graduate Day, including America’s Promise Alliance, Communities In Schools, MENTOR, United Way, General Colin and Mrs. Alma Powell, John Legend, and Misty Copeland.
The 5 Promises represent conditions children need to achieve adult success. The collective work of the Alliance involves keeping these promises to America’s youth. This article relates to the promises highlighted below:
These six platform areas are based on the collective experience and expertise of individuals at organizations engaged with young people across the country, the experience of young people themselves, and our own research. The platform areas are a statement of best practice – they are what has been demonstrated to work to improve graduation outcomes for young people.:
In the hot seat today: Tim Finchem, the retired third commissioner of the PGA TOUR, whose contributions to the PGA TOUR, its tournaments and players, and the broader world of golf catalyzed a remarkable commitment to the positive development of children and youth
From 2011 to 2018, something remarkable happened in Chicago: graduation rates skyrocketed from 56.9 percent to 78.2 percent.
This inspiring 21 percentage point increase in young people earning a diploma did not happen in a vacuum.
Join two School District of University leaders – Gary Spiller, executive director of the Office of Student Support and Innovative Services, and Nancy Cambria, director of communications – as they discuss the district’s use of social-emotional practices, prioritization of youth voice, and its emphasis on supporting the health and well-being of all children.
Last month, we publicly launched the YES Project with a panel at ASU + GSV that focused on the power of connection and how the business community, educators, policymakers, and philanthropists can help link youth to new opportunities.