American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen

Connecting local and national education champions through events, services, and engaging radio and TV content.


AMERICAN GRADUATE CHAMPIONS An American Graduate Champion commits their time, skills and resources to make sure that young people succeed. He or she is an individual who plays an active role in improving educational outcomes for students. A champion is a parent who is active in the lives of young people or a volunteer who creates a positive environment daily for youth in their community.

October 3, 2015: AMERICAN GRADUATE DAY 2015 is a live, seven-hour multiplatform broadcast that leverages the power and reach of public media to focus on those organizations and individual Champions keeping kids on the path to graduation.  American Graduate Day centers around the critical themes of: Career Readiness and College Completion, Caring Consistent Adults, Dropout Prevention and Re-engagement, Early Education, More and Better Learning, Special Needs, and STEAM. Journalists, thought leaders, and celebrities join together to raise awareness of the incredible work being done across the country to keep kids in school. The broadcast and online event features a mix of national and local segments from across the country that showcase how community organizations and individual Champions provide support, advice, and intervention services to at-risk students, families, and schools.

Throughout the day, viewers are invited to engage with their local public television stations and the featured community organizations. Viewers can participate in the event by asking questions and sharing ideas before and during the broadcast onTwitter and Facebook, using the hashtag #AmGrad.

Watch on WILL-TV  on Saturday, October 3rd from 10am - 5 pm.

Below the our the 2015 American Graduate Champions recognized by Illinois Public Media.






Watch videos of our 2014 education champions from Illinois:


Read more about Christopher Koch's journey.


Read more about Trish O'Shaughnessy's journey.