September 27, 2013

Locals to rally for American Graduate Day


---- — PLATTSBURGH — American Graduate Day 2013, a multi-platform event focused on improving high-school graduation rates, premieres live at noon Saturday on Mountain Lake PBS.

Communities across the county are invited to take an active role in the nationwide initiative and become an “American Graduate Champion” for local youth by volunteering their time, talent or other resources.

American Graduate Day 2013 will be broadcast and streamed live from the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center in New York City. It is part of the public media initiative, American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The key component of the event is the participation of the community-based organizations, a press release from Mountain Lake said. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, City Year, Horizons National and United Way are among the partner organizations participating, with about 30 national partner organizations, 14 local organizations and celebrity guests involved in education and youth-intervention programs.


Mountain Lake PBS will spotlight a number of local organizations and the work they are doing in the community to help kids stay in school until graduation. 

Local stories will include an interview with Rick Dalton from Essex-based College for Every Student, a story on the Martha Speaks Reading Buddies program in local schools, an interview with Jane Owens, director of education at Mountain Lake PBS, and a discussion on the local education initiative Thrive with John Jablonski of Clinton Community College and Paul Grasso of The Development Corporation.

Graduate Day will feature a seven-hour “call to action” marathon focused around critical themes, including Expanded Learning Time & After School Programs, Early Education, Mentoring, Career Readiness & College Completion, STEM Programs, Family Support and Dropout Re-engagement & Prevention. 


The online event will be divided into 14 half-hour blocks featuring a mix of live breaks and pre-taped local and national partner segments showing how community organizations provide support, advice and intervention services to at-risk students, families and schools.

On, the event will include live viewer-generated video content submitted in response to questions such as “How has your life changed or been changed by the power of volunteering?”

Throughout the day, viewers and online users will be invited to become American Graduate Champions by connecting with Mountain Lake PBS and the featured local community organizations. 

Viewers will be encouraged to take part by asking questions and sharing ideas before and during the broadcast on Twitter using the hashtag #AmGrad and on Facebook. 

Those interested in becoming an American Graduate Champion can also call the toll-free number on the day of broadcast or log on to to find out more about the national and regional organizations and how to help in their hometowns.

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