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American Graduate is part of a national initiative launched by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to improve high school graduation rates and help stop the damaging school trend of school dropouts – estimated to be more than a million students a year. WOSU is one of more than 60 public media and television stations around the country that are working directly with their communities to address the dropout crisis.

Watch Stories of Champions And Other American Graduate Videos

WOSU was one of 45 public media stations across the country chosen to produce local Stories of Champions featuring advocates who have made a difference in preventing school dropout and increasing high school graduation with their leadership and commitment to initiatives that have had solid impact on the lives of youth and families. We salute these American Graduate Champions.

Learn more at the national American Graduate website.

Effective Approaches to the Dropout Problem


Academic Acceleration Academy

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Resources and programs offered by the Academic Acceleration Academy are available to students who have dropped out of school to help them regain footing and earn a high school diploma.


AT&T Success Center

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The AT&T Student Success Centers provide high-risk ninth graders with mentoring and counseling services; career exploration and training in effective study skills.


Project Mentor

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Focused on building strong mentoring relationships between adult role models and students, Project Mentor is a collaboration between Columbus City Schools and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio.


Dropout Prevention Resources

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The compilation gives current national and local information on the dropout crisis and profiles effective and promising approaches to the problem.

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American Graduate Videos