American Graduate Champion: Louis Garcia

Louis Garcia serves as CEO of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Big Bend. He takes pride in preparing youth for the future. This video is a testimonial to his service.

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180 Days: Hartsville

This two-part documentary follows a year inside two elementary schools in South Carolina, a state where the school system is ranked 45th in the country, to see what happens when the small town of Hartsville makes strides by involving everyone in the community in their plan for education. Part of public media’s American Graduate initiative.

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Nominate an American Graduate Champion

Do you know someone dedicated to a young person's success? Nominate an American Graduate Champion!

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Voices from the Classroom

Listen to our students' stories about school, life, and their futures. Voices from the Classroom airs on 88.9 WFSU-FM Thursdays at 7:33 am, 2:04 pm, 7:04 pm and weekends at 9:38 am.

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American Graduate Community Town Hall

WFSU's Tom Flanigan moderated as educators, legislators, community leaders and students gathered to discuss alternate pathways to a high school education. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to a student's education. Career academies promote job readiness

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View Zack Richardson Testimonial

American Graduate: Let's Make it Happen is public media's long-term commitment to help communities work more effectively together to improve outcomes for young people. Because WFSU is a trusted convener and compelling storyteller, we are uniquely qualified and passionate about addressing this crisis.

The Problem

Far too many students drop out of high school. In Leon County, the graduation rate is nearing 80%. In counties surrounding Leon, the rate is much lower. Students who drop out without a diploma are far more likely to be periodically unemployed, on government assistance, and in and out of prison. This impacts the entire community.

The Solution

WFSU is convening and engaging the community to work more effectively together with a unified goal of improving youth outcomes.

WFSU has launched an ongoing radio series, Voices from the Classroom, that airs weekly on WFSU-FM 88.9. The program features student voices that inform our listeners about the challenges students face. Through our American Graduate Day television broadcast we have featured community partners that make a difference in young people's lives. Through community conversations, forums, and town halls we are building understanding of the causes and possible solutions to the crisis using compelling content on air, online, and in the community.

WFSU has aligned our PreK-12th grade resources around the American Graduate initiative to include free digital resources (PBS KIDS, PBS Learning Media) as well as training for parents and educators to ensure every child has the education they need to succeed in school.

Partners and Outcomes

WFSU has partnered with numerous organizations around the community including Leon and Jefferson County Schools, the United Way of the Big Bend, 50 LARGE, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Character Center and others in order to increase graduation rates in our area. Community partners report that students in American Graduate programs show increased commitment to school, graduation, and preparing for future. Our partners also say that public media tell stories that enable people to become involved and implement solutions.


WFSU is helping kids graduate from high school. You can make a difference.



Contact WFSU's American Graduate project to learn more or get involved.


Call: 850-645-6056


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