American Graduate Day is part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen – a public media initiative supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help more kids stay on the path to graduation. A special goal for this year is to recognize one million American Graduate Champions: those individuals giving their time, talent, or other resources in their own communities.  As part of the community outreach, WTVI will profile three local “Champions” that are making a difference in our community to improve the graduation rate:

Raqukell Robinson with BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life)

James Ford – North Carolina Teacher of the Year and Garinger History Teacher

Mary Nell McPherson – Executive Director, Freedom School Partners

A Carolina Business Review Special

Moderator Chris William and panelists look at the graduation rate in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, new initiatives and the impact on local community. Panelists include Governor Beverly Perdue; Ann Clark, Chief Academic Officer, CMS; Denise Watts, Executive Director, Project L.I.F.T.; Molly Shaw, Executive Director, Communities In Schools; Pat Rodgers, Charlotte Chamber Chair; and Chief Rodney Monroe, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Dept. This program is part of American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen, a public media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help local communities across America address the dropout crisis.  Please click here to view the entire program!

As part of the American Graduate initiative, designed to educate and engage various stakeholders on the dropout problem, rally support and help coordinate efforts in communities, WTVI teamed up with several local partners to address the issue. These agencies are providing solution and resources to increase the graduate rate.

Junior Achievement

YMCA Achievers

Communities in Schools

To get involved or obtain more information about tutoring or mentoring volunteer opportunities in this area, contact the United Way of the Central Carolinas at (704) 371-6255 or visit

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