Homework Hotline American Graduate Segments

Homework Hotline American Graduate Segments

Homework Hotline: Celebrating 20 Years


The high school dropout rate in is a significant problem in New York State – and not just for those students who do not graduate. It affects  entire communities, impacting our economy, healthcare costs, and workforce. We follow a number of students, some who dropped out and others who "made the grade" and others who mentored them and helped them succeed. 

Short American Graduate video segments were featured on-air on WXXI's statewide live call-in education series, Homework Hotline and on the website video player at http://homeworkhotline.org The series airs on PBS stations across New York State Mon.-Thurs. at 5:30pm-6:00pm (They aired from October-December, 2011).



American Graduate Homework Hotline Features:


Watch On-Demand: Say Yes to Education Aired Wednesday 10/26 on Homework Hotline at 5:30pm: 

  • Jaquar Sampson Profile Jaquar Sampson, a “Say Yes to Education Scholar” discusses why he felt the need to graduate high school and not follow into the footsteps of people he knew that were dropping out of school. He tells us why his dreams are still attainable only because he has a high school diploma. (From WCNY, Syracuse Video)
  • Deka Dancil Profile - Deka Dancil is a “Say Yes to Education Scholar” who overcame tremendous adversity to finish high school. She tells us that some people use excuses to dropout of high school but her herself and her friends faced many of these same problems and they were able to finish high school. Though it wasn’t easy, Deka knows how important graduating high school is to her future. (From WCNY, Syracuse Video) 


Watch On-Demand: Keeping Kids In School (Syracuse) Aired Wednesday, 11/2  on Homework Hotline at 5:30pm:

  • Youth Impact Program -  This spot takes a look at a summer youth football camp for middle school boys run by Syracuse University football players; however, this is more than just boys playing football. Along with learning the x’s and o’s on the field, these middle school students learn life skills that will stay with them forever. As one middle school student puts it “You learn how to be a man”. (From WCNY, Syracuse Video)
  • Collins Barber Shop  For over 41 years Collins Barber Shop has been a staple in the Syracuse Community. Carlton Collins Jr. has been making sure kids who come into his barber shop know how important a high school education is. Carlton and his family get so excited about a younger Collins graduating high school that they put a photo of the graduating senior on their barber shop wall. (From WCNY, Syracuse Video)

American Graduate Features 3 Young Males Trying to Stay in School (Rochester) :  Aired Wednesdays 11/9, 11/16, 11/30/2011 on Homework Hotline at 5:30pm

The next segments will focus on profiles of young men who are facing significant challenges as they try to beat the odds and graduate from the Rochester City School District. 

11/9/2011: Watch On-Demand: Senior Steadman Dolphey discusses challenges and goals and what he does to keep on track and what resources support his efforts to reach his goals. 

11/16/2011: Watch On-Demand: Seventh-grader Philippe Sheppard wants to stay in school but faces the challenges and ups and downs of staying a track. He has turned to writing in his journal as a way to try to process the day and keep focused on his goals. 

11/30/2011: Watch On-Demand: Junior, Patrick Boyd is determined to beat the statistics and graduate. He has the added pressures of caring for his younger siblings to make sure they get through school as well.  

12/7/2011: Watch On-Demand: University of Rochester Yellow Jackets, acappella singing group, share their views on education and why to value your opportunities and remain committed to staying in school