American Graduate Champions
According to the most recent Building a Grad Nation Report (May 2015) while school reforms, accountability systems, and other policies and programs have played an important role in preventing students from dropping out, one of the most significant contributions was the role of "parents, principals, and social service providers who stood with these students and gave them the helping hands, encouragement, solutions and skills they needed to stay in school and graduate. These adults are champions empowering students to stay on the path to graduation--we think of them as "American Graduate Champions."
What is an American Graduate Champion?
An "American Graduate Champion" is an individual or organization that goes above and beyond to help a student, a classroom or community succeed--setting high expectations, building and finding effective supports, and helping a student or school make the successful journey from preschool to high school graduation.
Who can be an American Graduate Champion?
Anyone can be an American Graduate Champion! Below are just a few examples:
- Parents who are actively engaged in the lives of young people
- Teachers who go the extra mile to ensure their students succeed
- Students who take time to tutor and mentor their peers and students who make a commitment to complete their education
- School leaders who are focused on creating positive learning environments
- State leaders who voice for what's good for students
- Business leaders who encourage their colleagues to get involved
- Funders who actively invest in what works for students
- Non-profit staff volunteers who work to support youth everyday
Who is your American Graduate Champion? We invite you to share your Champion stories on social media, and to challenge others to do the same. Share your nomination on Facebook and Twitter using #AmGradIndy.