American Graduate

The high school dropout rate in the Greater Rochester area is a significant problem – and not just for those students who do not graduate. It affects the entire community, impacting our economy, healthcare costs, and workforce. WXXI's American Graduate project engages with the community and key stakeholders to educate the community on the dropout problem, rally support to get the community involved and help provide pathways to community resources to address the problem.

Partners: If your organization has a program to support student success that can be featured on the WXXI American Graduate webpage as a community resource, please contact us.  

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Ongoing

February-April, 2014
Host your own screening/discussion of a film that traces the experiences of an African-American boy and his friend at a prestigious private school for 13 years. DVD & Discussion Guide Available.
Submissions Accepted Through April 25, 2014
Does your child love to write or draw? Then they should enter the WXXI PBS Kids Writers Contest, where they could win really cool prizes if their stories win. First place stories are forwarded on to the national level to compete. 
Use American Promise classroom modules for teacher professional development and to spark classroom discussion. Learn about the 4 topics available with video clips.
Watch on-demand, as students, with learning challenges, memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address.
On-Demand: Latino Student Graduation Rates in Rochester: What issues do Latino students face in meeting their goal of graduating? What supports are in place to help them be successful from 1370 Connection.
Street Knowledge 2 College:  The new fifteen episode web series explores the lives of students and families at FREE L.A., an innovative high school school in South Los Angeles working to get youth off the school-to-jail track by providing traditional academic education and engaging students in community leadership. Watch On-Demand 
 This 5-minute video depicts a theory of change for achieving breakthrough outcomes for vulnerable children and families. It describes the need to focus on building the capabilities of caregivers and strengthening the communities that together form the environment of relationships essential to children's lifelong learning, health, and behavior.

Recently

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 9:00pm
Watch as students from the Greenwood School memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address.
Monday, April 14, 2014 - 7:00pm
Join us for a free screening of Ken Burns' film about a group of students who recite the Gettysburg Address as part of a school project.
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 10:00pm
In Indiana, where life revolves around high school basketball, what happens to a community when their beloved team can no longer win a single game?
 

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ROC the Future is Rochester-area collaborative focused on improve the academic achievement of Rochester’s children. 


 

 



 

United Way of Greater RochesterUnited Way of Greater Rochester has developed focused plans—called Blueprints for Change: 2013-2019  Each Blueprint not only outlines United Way's funding priorities, it also highlights the v

Why mentor? Youth with mentors are less likely to skip school, less prone to violence, less likely to abuse drugs – and more likely to do well in school and more likely to graduate. Learn more:

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NYSED Liberty Partnerships

 

Liberty Partnerships Programs offer comprehensive pre-collegiate/dropout prevention programs and services to youth in Urban, Rural and Suburban communities of Western New York, Finger Lakes, Central New York, Southern Tier, North Country, Mohawk Valley, Capital District, Mid-Hudson Valley, NYC and Long Island. Learn More



Rochester City School District provides a specific listing of services and information for students and parents to access.

Parent Services Directory: 

The City offersafter school programs recreation and community centers which provide the best recreation and youth development program opportunities you will find anywhere.

 Teen Empowerment

The mission of the Center for Teen Empowerment is to empower youth and adults as agents of individual, institutional, and social change.

Hillside Work-Scholarship ConnectionHillside Work-Scholarship Connection (HW-SC) is a nationally recognized dropout prevention program that helps Rochester City School District students stay in school and successfully graduate high school ready for post-secondary education and employment. 

Youth Services Quality Council

The Youth Services Quality Council (YSQC) of Rochester and Monroe County is made up of more than 65 youth and family-serving agencies in the Rochester, NY area. See the directory to find great services!

 

The Rochester Monroe County Youth Bureau serves youth as a planning, funding and coordinating agency and is dedicated to developing, implementing and evaluating a comprehensive system of services for youth and their families. See the Directory of Youth Services.

2-1-1 Finger Lakes Region, NY

2-1-1/LIFE LINE of Finger Lakes, NY provides information & referral helpline services as well as crisis intervention services to Monroe, Wayne, Ontario, Livingston, Cayuga and Seneca Counties. 2-1-1/LIFE LINE is the "hub site" for the 2-1-1 Finger Lakes Region in New York State.

 

Keeping Kids Engaged

National STEM Video Game ChallengeNational STEM Video Game Challenge

WHAT: The National STEM Video Game Challenge   invites game-creators to create video online games using free or commercial software. Games should excite and educate users about science, technology, engineering and math. (STEM)

WHO: Students and educators can both enter

WHEN: TBD for 2014



Homework Hotline

Homework Hotline is WXXI’s live NY statewide call-in show where students receive help with homework problems right on the air. Designed for students in 4th-12th grades, Homework Hotline provides the tools students need to succeed with homework, and supports academic achievement across a variety of New York State Learning Standards.

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