American Graduate Day
Sat., October 14 from 2:00 - 6:00 pm
American Graduate Day is a public media initiative to help communities address the high school dropout crisis.
The United States has reached an 81% graduation rate and is on track to hit 90% by 2020.
However, in order to reach that goal, a great deal of work remains to be done to ensure all children of different populations not only finish high school but are best prepared to enter the world as productive citizens.
Public media has worked to raise awareness around these issues through American Graduate, and Maine Public is pleased to honor Portland Empowered, Gateway to Opportunity, and Chris Gaunce, the owner of Central Maine Auto Group who developed an innovative student mentorship program, as American Graduate Champions. Watch their stories below.