In 2011, WFYI was honored to be selected as an American Graduate hub station, taking on the challenge of addressing the high school dropout crisis in the Central Indiana community and helping to change the climate for education in the state. WFYI has challenged itself and its partners to explore new ways to think and work together to support student outcomes, utilizing public media resources to raise awareness through sharing stories of success.
American Graduate: Let's Make it Happen is a public media initiative, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), to help students stay on the path to graduation and future success. Public broadcasting has a long history of improving educational outcomes for high-need students and communities. The dropout crisis demands attention now, and we are rising to the challenge of doing our part to address this problem.
We continue to work with national and community-based partners to:
- raise awareness and deepen understanding by creating targeted, national and local content on all facests of issues for broadcast,
- engage and empower students who are at risk of dropping out through community collaborations and classroom resources, and;
- move people to action to support students along the path to high-school graduation.
The initiative puts faces to the numbers--the more than 1.3 million young people who fail to graduate each year--and generates understanding about the risk factors and what caring adults can do to help.
Success can't be achieved by any one group alone, but public media can leverage its capacity, on-air, online, and on-the-ground, to increase understanding and dialogue around the issues facing today's students that cause them to drop out, and mobilize local communities to develop and implement impactful solutions.
WFYI believes that compelling storytelling and in-depth reporting are key in helping our community understand the many challenges surrounding the local dropout crisis, and the impact that individuals, families, and organizations can have in improving graduation rates and supporting student outcomes. We hope you will join us in becoming an American Graduate Champion.
We invite you to join us in becoming an American Graduate Champion, and to follow along and share your thoughts on social media using #AmGradIndy.
Together, we can make it happen.