WUCF TV is bringing together teachers, parents, students, local leaders and major national partners in a community-centered approach to the dropout crisis. WUCF is the public media hub station for all of Central Florida.
The American Graduate initiative is focused on building the knowledge, understanding, collaboration and resources required to improve high school graduation rates.
Kelsey Evans uses meditation and yoga to connect with foster students that she mentors.
Darrell Butler mentors and recruits mentors to work in the communities in Central Florida.
Christopher Cuevas started QLatinX, a racial, social, and gender justice organization.
BECOME AN AMERICAN GRADUATE CHAMPION
An American Graduate Champion is an individual or group that has devoted time and resources to helping students achieve graduation. WUCF TV is collecting powerful stories about American Graduate Champions in our community.
Whether you are a parent, teacher or community leader, we want to hear your story of supporting students. Make the commitment to help all young people succeed by becoming or recognizing an American Graduate Champion. Fill out the American Graduate form here.
Did You Know....
- Nearly 800,000 youth live in WUCF TV's broadcast service area?
- Florida's graduation rate is 70%, well below the national average of 80 percent?
- More than 312,000 Central Floridians over the age of 25 do not have a high school diploma?
Florida is one of seven states that needs to accelerate progress to achieve a 90% graduation rate by 2020!
(References: “Population, 2013 Estimate.” United States Census Bureau; “2008-2012 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates.” United States Census Bureau; “Economic Benefits of Increasing the High School Graduation Rate for Public School Students. Alliance for Excellent Education; “Pace of Graduation Rate Progress. American Graduate.)