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About the Initiative

a group of smiling graduatesMaryland Public Television (MPT) is an education-driven public television station with deep roots in the community and schools. Dedicated to enhancing the learning and teaching opportunities for students and teachers, MPT is proudly serving as the local arm of American Graduate, a national initiative to build awareness around the high school dropout crisis. The multifaceted project is designed to support at-risk youth and families through connections to youth-centered programs and services, valuable educational resources, and compelling media stories.

To build a strong foundation for the project, MPT brought together local leaders, stakeholders, education organizations, and dropout prevention experts to participate in a community conversation. Participants shared insights about everything from key risk factors and early warning systems, to local resources and alternative education programs which support at-risk youth. Hear what our experts had to say and get a closer look into this local and national issue. View the Community Conversation.

Resources and Programs

Building on the community conversation and feedback from project partners, MPT gathered a valuable list of resources and programs to support at-risk youth and families. These programs include volunteer and mentorship opportunities, alternative education programs, and community-based organizations.

To gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by today’s at-risk youth, MPT and project partner Wide Angle Youth Media travelled to schools in Baltimore City to capture the voices and personal stories of students themselves. Their compelling words shed light on some of the challenges students face, and offer helpful encouragement to those in similar situations. Their stories are available for viewing online.

See what American Graduate is doing in states across the nation, and learn more about the initiative.