CET worked with its radio partner, WVXU, to report on the dropout crisis, and to incorporate youth voices into public affairs coverage. WVXU has aired four 10-minute features on innovative intervention programs and five 30-minute specials on mentoring, the significance of early learning programs and early warning signs. (Left: Experts discussing the dropout crisis and viable solutions during a taping of WVXU’s Impact Cincinnati)
CET’s bi-monthly program news and public affairs program, Focus, explored “Ideas That Work” in addressing the dropout crisis. The initial program focused on mentoring; with an additional two that explored the Strive Partnership’s Campaign for Grade Level reading and the warning signs for dropping out.
CET and local ABC affiliate 9 On Your Side co-broadcasted Cradle to Career: Moving the Needle in Education. This one-hour co-production examined the region’s innovative 'Cradle to Career' initiative, which brings together leaders in business, education, community service and philanthropy to work toward common goals in education.
Additional American Graduate content produced by CET includes TV shows such as Focus, their bi-monthly news and public affairs program and PSAs using student perspectives to reach those most at-risk. R&B star John Legend recorded a PSA encouraging youth to stay in school.
The station's education staff offered workshops on “21st Century Skills” to seventh and eighth grade students, their parents and teachers at local partner schools.
Students at Hughes STEM High School participated in a social media project on an American Graduate Pinterest board, titled, “Why I go to School.” Students participated in a digital story-telling workshop and learned to create “pins” that tell their story. The stories are pinned on CET’s Pinterest page.
CET aired 6 hours of American Graduate Day with 6 local breaks, raising awareness of partner solutions and tweeting generated new followers as well.
CET partners include Strive Partnership, Cincinnati Public Schools, United Way 2-1-1, Boys and Girls Clubs of Cincinnati, WVXU, John P. Parker School, Mentoring Works, Pleasant Hills Academy, Northern Kentucky Education Council, Every Child Succeeds, Nancy Jennings, U. of Cincinnati, Withrow High School, Media Bridges, YMCA - Black and Latino Achievers, Parents for Public Schools, Taft School, United Way’s Success by 6, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Arts and Technology Center, Hughes STEM High School, Parents for Public Schools, WCPO (ABC Affiliate), Cincinnati Youth Collaborative and Jobs for Cincinnati Grads.
WOSU Public Media (Columbus, OH) produced a 2-part series of community forums to discuss dropout issues. The first forum analysed the implications of dropping out and highlights local initiatives to help students finish school while the second part looked at local applications of the primary approaches to addressing school dropout—prevention; intervention and recovery— from the perspective of a school superintendent, an administrator from a community-based organization and a high school senior. (Below: Experts discuss the issues at one of WOSU's American Graduate broadcast events.)
WOSU partners include United Way of Central Ohio, AT&T Success Centers, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio
WGTE's (Toledo, OH) devoted 2 episodes of their weekly public affairs program Deadline Now to examine efforts to boost high school graduation rates in the greater Toledo area (Part One & Part Two). They also hosted a live Town Hall program “American Graduate – Finding Solutions for Toldeo’s Kids” that took questions and comments from community members via phone, email and text messaging.
WGTE has also used their airtime to highlight efforts by partner organizations to increase graduation rates, including the Toledo Public Schools’ “Schools as Hubs” initiative and the United Way’s “Graduation Coaches.”
WGTE’s partners include United Way of Greater Toldeo and Toledo Public Schools.