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 Initiative focuses on providing quality content to inform about the issues, and convene & connect community members to resources and solutions to support educational success from cradle to career.

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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Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 3:10pm
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Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 9:42am
VIDEO: Do you know about WXXI's Educational Services and American Graduate Initiative? Learn more through this short video about our cradle to career approach.
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 9:00pm
Watch On-Demand: Broadway and history combine in this look at the making of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning megahit Hamilton.
Friday, October 28, 2016 - 2:00pm
Hang onto your hats, Halloween is almost here!
Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 10:00am
WXXI and Elmo are pleased to be a part of the annual Rochester Children's Book Festival.
Monday, January 30, 2017 - 7:00pm
As part of the Indie Lens Pop-Up Series WXXI is pleased to present The Bad Kids by Lou Pepe and Keith Fulton on Monday, January 30, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Little Theatre.  


Can soccer help girls from low-income areas succeed on and off the field?
At 14 Andre was invited into a world of privilege and knowledge - but what was left behind?
From rehabilitation patients to Paralympic athletes, Endless Abilities captures the reality of broken boundaries and common goals among all who are active.America ReFramed: Endless Abilities demonstrates that sports really are the great equalizer, unifying people of all abilities on a level playing field.
Wondering what to do with your child today? Whether you’re at home, at school, or out running errands, use the Learning Activity Calendar to find fun, simple ways to make reading a part of your everyday life.
Project: Shattered Silence presents a candid, in-depth look at the remarkable real-life experiences of 46 high-schoolers from the Tampa Bay area. Watch On-Demand
This is the story of a unique initiative to transform American classrooms by focusing on teachers and the universities charged with training them.
A civic summit about engaging students in their future. 
Admissions On Trial: Seven Decades of Race and Higher Ed looks at many universities, race helps determine who’s admitted. But a Supreme Court case could soon end that nationwide. We trace this issue from 1946 to today, and examine what race-blind admissions might look like.
The Homestretch Youth Action Toolkit provides film modules about youth homelessness and supporting resources to understand and support youth experiencing homelessness. Watch On-Demand
Watch On-Demand intimate portraits of America’s military families as they tells stories of pride and patriotism, sacrifice and resilience.
It’s the last few weeks of high school for Yessenia, a soft-spoken senior with two small daughters and a boyfriend who’d rather she stay at home than go to school. Yessenia’s forced to choose: stand up for herself and her daughters, or give in to expectation.
Kids who are suspended or expelled from school are more likely to drop out and more likely to wind up in prison than kids with similar behaviors who are not kicked out. Kids of color are more likely to be suspended or expelled than white kids are. So what's really the issue here?
TED Talks: Education Revolution, hosted by author, producer, and comedian Baratunde Thurston and actor and singer Sara Ramirez, focuses on how education is changing to adapt to our new digital world.
The story of infant mortality in Rochester and what is being done about it. Watch Online
An eye-opening documentary on the challenges facing Latino students from across the USA.
Is School Enough? documents vivid examples of where new modes of learning and engagement are taking hold and flourishing. Watch On-Demand
PBS Student Reporting Labs across the country profiled young people breaking down stereotypes. How does it feel to be the only girl in the room, or boy on the team? Watch On-Demand
Dropping Back In features half-hour programs which introduce some of America’s dropouts, theissues they face and the people and programs helping them drop back in and get on with their educations and lives. Part of WXXI's American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen Initiative:
GO PUBLIC: A Day in the Life of an American School District is a 90-minute video document of a single day in an urban public school district, from sun up to long after sundown.  
 Facing Forward: A Student's Story follows the experiences of a struggling seventh-grade student at a rigorous charter school in Cleveland are chronicled. Watch On-Demand.
Local USA presents three short documentaries featuring unique stories from emerging Latino filmmakers: The Smallest Step (William Caballero) animates 3D modeled avatars of diverse high school students against real world backdrops; Overcomers (Gabriela Lopez de Dennis) highlights two teenagers succeeding despite the odds stacked against them; and Every Girl Matters (Gloria Moran) looks at an all-girls Catholic high school with a 100 percent graduation and college acceptance rate. Watch On-Demand
On-Demand Program: Explore the connection between the juvenile justice system and the dropout rate among American teens
There is virtually no way to make a legal living these days without at least a high school diploma. Still, nearly 20 percent of students don't finish. Why?
Follow 5 high school students on their journey to graduate and succeed, while facing challenges including poverty, violence and drug abuse
FRONTLINE presents  “A Subprime Education” examining allegations of fraud and predatory behavior in the troubled for-profit college industry. Watch On-Demand
In a new age of information, rapid innovation and globalization, how can we prepare our children to compete? School of the Future is a 2-hour NOVA special that will discover how the new science of learning can help us reimagine the future of education for all children.
The documentary spotlights the 12-year journey of five extraordinary children in five countries as they struggle to get a basic education.
The documentary spotlights the efforts of school community to improve their school or see it close.
FRONTLINE presents “The Education of Omarina” of a young at-risk girl from middle school to college. Watch On-Demand
Examines one of the most disturbing aspects of the education crisis facing America today — the increased dropout rate among teenagers, specifically among Black teenage males. Watch On-Demand
 Resources from the PBS Latino-Americans, a three-part documentary series chronicling the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos over the past 500 years. Watch Online in English or Spanish

Get Involved

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:


Find Community Resources

Rochester College Access Network:

You CAN go to college. We’re here to give you the information and resources you need to help you get there. A program of the Rochester Education Foundation.

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/Life Line

2-1-1/LIFE LINE, a program of Goodwill of the Finger Lakes, 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 in New York State covering the additional counties of: Allegany, Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler, Yates, Tompkins and Cortland.

Call 2-1-1 day or night to connect with trained counselors to get free confidential information. Or call 1-877-FLNY-211 Learn more by browsing or LIVE CHAT: at:


Keeping Kids Engaged

Homework Hotline

Homework Hotline is WXXI’s live NY statewide public broadcasting call-in and online 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 curricular areas.

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