PBS Stations Nationwide Awarded American Graduate Community Service Grants to Help Improve Youth Outcomes
PBS STATIONS NATIONWIDE AWARDED AMERICAN GRADUATE COMMUNITY SERVICE GRANTS TO HELP IMPROVE YOUTH OUTCOMES
—Nine Network in St. Louis Leads the Stations as the American Graduate Executive Producer and Continues Local American Graduate Efforts Across the St. Louis Region —
ST. LOUIS, MO - August 27, 2014 - The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) today announced $6.2 million in new, American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen initiative grants to public media stations in 33 markets, focusing on where graduation gaps exist for students of different races, ethnicities, family incomes, and disabilities, as well as those with limited English proficiency. In addition, Newman’s Own Foundation has partnered with CPB on American Graduate to help stations increase philanthropic support for their local education services.
Over the next two years, American Graduate public media station grantees will work with their local communities to increase understanding about the challenges for at-risk youth and develop long term solutions emphasizing the importance of a strong foundation in early education and the need for consistent caring adults. Stations will highlight local leaders who have helped communities increase graduation rates and the everyday heroes in a child’s life who are committed to improving education outcomes as “American Graduate Champions.”
The Nine Network of Public Media is leading the stations as the American Graduate executive producer as well as continuing local American Graduate efforts across the St. Louis region. The Nine Network led the launch of American Graduate three years ago and has received several grants to fund its work, including a CPB grant earlier this year to serve as executive producer.
“Education is at the core of public media’s mission. Through American Graduate stations’ partnerships with over 1,000 local organizations, we are proud of public media’s content and on the ground engagement that has raised awareness to achieve 80 percent graduation rates nationally and helped America see the potential in every student,” said Pat Harrison, CPB President and CEO. “By strengthening our focus on solutions, starting with our youngest learners, and highlighting local leaders who are creating sustainable change, together, we can set kids—and our country—on a path for long term success.”
About the Nine Network of Public Media
The Nine Network of Public Media is a multifaceted public media organization creating a network of individuals and organizations empowered by public media to strengthen civic life. One of the nation’s most watched public television stations, Nine offers the people of the St. Louis region multiple ways to explore the world and become engaged in civic life, including the Nine Center for Public Engagement, www.nineNet.org and four distinct broadcast channels (Nine PBS, Nine World, Nine Create and Nine Kids). The Nine Network’s rich legacy of serving the community was launched in 1954 and continues through our mission of bringing St. Louis together as we connect our region to the world and the world to St. Louis.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,300 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services.
About American Graduate
American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen was launched in 2011 with 25 public media stations in high need communities to spotlight the high school dropout crisis and focus on middle and high school student interventions. Today, more than 80 public radio and television stations in over 30 states have partnered with over 1,000 community organizations and schools, as well as Alma and Colin Powell’s America’s Promise Alliance, Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Education, Alliance for Excellent Education, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation to help the nation achieve a 90 percent graduation by 2020.
With primetime and children’s programming that educates, informs, and inspires public radio and television stations —locally owned and operated—are important resources in helping to address critical issues facing today’s communities. According to a report from the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Education, American Graduate stations have told the story about the dropout crisis in a way that empowered citizens to get involved, and helped community organizations break down silos to work more effectively together.
In early 2014, CPB and PBS KIDS committed an additional $20 million for the “American Graduate PBS KIDS Fund” to also help communities connect the importance of early learning as part of a student’s long term success. In addition to station grants for local engagement, the Fund will support the creation of children’s content and tools to help parents, particularly those from low income communities, better prepare their young children for long term success. Fourteen American Graduate station grantees have also been awarded CPB early education grants to reach children ages 2-8 with programming and services developed through the Ready to Learn Initiative, a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education.