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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Friday, October 9, 2015 - 9:42am
Do you know a champion for education in our community? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! Share how they have made the commitment to help children and young people succeed by recognizing them as an American Graduate Champion.


Developing strategies for discussing today's headlines is especially difficult when tragedy strikes.  Learn how to calm kids' fears, stimulate their minds, and encourage them to think about their place in today's world. WXXI has gathered the best in public media resources from PBS Parents, Arthur, Mr. Rogers, Sesame Street and Newshour Extra for the Classroom to assist you. 
America Reframed: If You Build It: Two ambitious designers create a one-of-a-kind learning opportunity at a small NC school, allowing teens to conceptualize and construct a real building.Watch On-Demand
Schools across America are incorporating real world job skills into their curriculums, training the next generation of farmers, scientists and engineers. 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
The national graduation rate is at an all-time high — 81 percent. What's the story behind that 81 percent?
PBS LearningMedia New York is the go-to destination for instant access to tens of thousands of educational-ready, digital resources including videos, games, audio clips, photos, and more (preK-12)! You can search, save, and share with ease. Best of all, the service is free for NY educators and students.
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.
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.
The story of infant mortality in Rochester and what is being done about it. Watch Online

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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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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 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 curricular areas.

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