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.  

    · Get Involved   · Find Community Resources   · Keeping Kids Engaged

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 8:00pm
This film follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Airing on WXXI-World, July 27, 2016 at 8pm.
Monday, June 6, 2016 - 3:10pm
PBS LearningMedia New York is the go-to destination for instant access to 100,000+ education-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.
Monday, June 20, 2016 - 6:00am
WXXI/PBS KIDS offers FREE, fun and educational content, tools and events for families this summer!
Monday, June 20, 2016 - 6:00am
Nature Trackers we're kicking off the Nature Trackers Summer Challenge! Participate in 10 weeks of nature tracker challenges from Dinosaur Train!  Get started!  
Thursday, June 30, 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.
Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 11:00am
Celebrate Summer Learning with WXXI, PBS KIDS, and Central Library! Come play at Exploration Stations in the Children’s Center of the Central Library. Do fun hands-on activities and keep the learning going all summer long!
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 9:00pm
Follow three young girls growing up amidst their families’ struggles against financial ruin. This an intimate portrait of the economic crisis as it’s rarely seen, through the eyes of children.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 5:30pm
Teen filmmakers in the Rochester region and throughout the United States are being recognized for their filmmaking skills at this summer’s 2016 Rochester Teen Film Festival. 
Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 9:00pm
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?

Ongoing

As graduation season commences, College Week is an insider’s perspective, rarely represented in mainstream media, about a tenacious group of teachers at Spencer Elementary Technology Academy. The school, located in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood, is committed to providing its students with access to technology, while setting high standards of excellence.
Join the conversation
Join WXXI in a national conversation about what it means to "make it" in the 21st century.
On-Demand
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.
On-Demand
The Homestretch Youth Action Toolkit provides film modules about youth homelessness and supporting resources to understand and support youth experiencing homelessness. Watch On-Demand
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
An eye-opening documentary on the challenges facing Latino students from across the USA.
On-Demand
Is School Enough? documents vivid examples of where new modes of learning and engagement are taking hold and flourishing. Watch On-Demand
 

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:

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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: http://211lifeline.org


 

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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