PBA has been working closely with the City of Atlanta Parks and Recreation’s Summer of Service Learning (SSL) initiative, an out-of school experiential learning program that teaches at-risk teens what it means to be responsible community citizens by providing them with a variety of opportunities to learn healthy lifestyle choices that lead to improved success in school. The Digital Media Arts Club (DMAC) launched as part of the curriculum is training more than 50 students in broader uses of technology. As part of the club, students meet with mentors who speak with them about the importance of staying in school and the skills needed to pursue a career in digital media. The students also create Public Service Announcements to raise awareness in their respective communities about the dropout epidemic and other issues that have a negative impact on their graduating high school. The videos, PSAs, and photos are posted on the American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen website.
Last Fall, nearly 400 parents and teachers participated in four Professional Learning Summits. These meetings provided an opportunity for teachers and parents to have a voice in students’ education and to receive expert training to support youths’ learning objectives. Summit facilitators presented Georgia high school graduation and dropout statistics, shared proven strategies that promote graduation and disseminated materials and resources for continued parent/teacher instruction and assistance. PBA also produced a 10-part speaker series at Rosel Fann Recreation Center in collaboration with partner Talk About Your Future (TAYF) that included presentations by health and wellness experts about the importance of exercise, nutrition, sleep as well as emotional and mental health for learning.
This Spring, PBA worked with the City of Atlanta and the Atlanta Public Schools on a Community Educator Expert Forum, which brought together parents, students, government agencies, policy makers, educators, local media, and concerned citizens to discuss the dropout crisis and its impact on communities in Atlanta. The event provided at-risk students a public forum/platform to address their needs, challenges, and obstacles.
In partnership with Atlanta Public Schools, PBA’s Homework Hotline program provides free homework assistance to K-12 students, parents and teachers in all core subject areas.
PBA participated in the first American Graduate Day on September 22.
Georgia Public Broadcasting held a day-long interactive "Stop the Drop" summit in November with more than 250 education experts, parents and students. GPB is collaborating with WCLK on this effort, and both stations have established a joint Twitter feed to share more about their dropout-prevention activities in Atlanta and throughout the state. Key partners included the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta.
Jazz 91.9 FM (WCLK-FM; Atlanta, GA)
Jazz 91.9 FM is creating a mentorship program, as well as education-centered materials and motivational opportunities for youth, families and educators aimed at dropout prevention. Key partners include United Way of Metro Atlanta and the Southern Education Desk.
Georgia public media stations participated in a nation-wide 'virtual teacher town hall' project. Teachers were asked a series of questions about things that are most important to them--from challenges to "A-ha! moments," from lessons learned to job satisfaction, from curriculum to parent engagement. The topics tackled in this project showcase a wide range of voices and provide teachers with a chance to interact and share with one another, all while adding to the conversation on America's schools. Hear more Teacher Voices.
City of Atlanta's Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs
Reeta Worth Foundation
Public Media Corps
Saving Our Sons and Sisters
The Floral Project
Make it Stop
Centers for Disease and Prevention
Atlanta Public Schools
Georgia Institute of Technology
Fulton County Government
Natinoal Youth Leadership Council
Strategic Service Learning Collaborative
Jamie Dukes Foundation
Boys to Men
The Bigger Half
Communities in Schools
Morehouse School of Medicine
Wings for Kids
United States Surgeon General Office
Rita Allen Foundation
Atlanta Workforce Development Agency
Talk About Your Future
Bridge Da Gap Coan Middle School
Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation
Focus on Education