American Graduate Day 2016 | Saturday, September 17 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Join Maryland Public Television for a live, four-hour multi-platform broadcast designed to raise awareness around the high school dropout crisis and shed light on the good work being done across the country to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for at-risk youth. The program brings together thought-leaders, journalists, celebrities and organizations for an inspirational day of reflective discussions, compelling testimonials, live performances, and interviews with youth advocates and mentors. Viewers will hear the poignant and triumphant stories of teens overcoming almost insurmountable obstacles to succeed in school, and life, and meet American Graduate “Champions” making a meaningful difference in the lives of children and teens.
Segmented into six content strands, the day’s topics include: Early Education, More and Better Learning, STEAM, Special Needs, Dropout Prevention and Re-engagement, and College and Career Readiness. As part of the special day of programming, MPT gathered helpful resources to coincide with each theme, plus additional content to support youth and families in Maryland.
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Starting children on a solid foundation for learning has tremendous benefits. Children participating in quality early education programs have a broader vocabulary, do better in math and reading, and have more academic success throughout their schooling. Without quality early learning opportunities and programs, children start school behind their classmates and continually struggle to catch up. Children from families that lack financial resources or live in disadvantaged neighborhoods are more likely to drop out of school, get involved in crime or substance abuse. These statistics clearly show how important it is to get a solid education, from cradle to career.
Resources and Activities
- Access early learning resources
- Visit MPT’s education website
Benefits of Quality Early Learning
Children in quality early learning programs score higher on cognitive test than those without adequate schooling. Children in quality preschool programs are more likely to attend and graduate from high school, attend college, and own a home. Without quality early learning opportunities and programs, children start school behind their classmates and continually struggle to catch up. Children from families that lack financial resources or live in disadvantaged neighborhoods are more likely to drop out of school, get involved in crime or substance abuse.
Caring and Consistent Adults
Children that have a caring and consistent adult in their lives have a better chance of succeeding and growing into productive, confident adults. A caring adult can be anyone that shows support in one way or another to children and youth. Examples are: a parent, teacher, coach, religious leader, grandparent, child care provider, mentor or volunteer.
There are a variety of programs and organizations that offer volunteer and mentor opportunities. One way to help enhance educational opportunities for children and youth is to join MPT's American Graduate initative and become a mentor or tutor!
- Find volunteer and mentor opportunities.
More and Better Learning
Not every student fits into mainstream educational programs and schools. Sometimes it is difficult to succeed if you have outside factors standing in the way. Whether the situation involves caring for a sick parent, facing difficult circumstances at home, or having to work a job while going to school, it's not always easy to keep up! There are a variety of alternative learning programs and options designed to meet the needs of diverse students and youth.
Baltimore County Public Schools
Visit the Baltimore County Public School website to learn about alternative placements and educational options for children and youth.
Baltimore City Public Schools School Options
Baltimore City Public Schools provides students with access to the programs they need to succeed academically, and in life. Explore options ranging from neighborhood schools and alternative programs, to public day schools and a Career Academy.
Baltimore City Public Schools Alternative Programs
Baltimore City Public Schools offers alternative options and programs for middle and high school students to help them get back on track. From career and youth academies, to the “second chance” Baltimore Community High School, students can find one of many ways to succeed.
Child First Authority, Inc.
Child First Authority is committed to closing the opportunity gap for children in Baltimore City by providing high quality after school and in-school programs.
Early Learning-Baltimore City Public Schools
Find everything you need to know about early education in Baltimore, including information about Judy Center's, PreK and Kindergarten curriculum, and important dates and resources.
MOST is a statewide youth development organization, dedicated to more and better opportunities in the out of school hours for all of Maryland's young people.
YO! Baltimore serves out-of-school youth and young adults citywide at two youth-friendly centers. Caring adults provide wide-ranging support services and opportunities for participants to reach their academic and career goals.
Children with special needs deserve quality time and attention, respect and supportive services to meet their unique needs. Maryland has a variety of programs and opportunities to help each child be the best he or she can be.
BCPS Office of Special Education
The Office of Special Education works to improve the performance of students with disabilities and narrow the achievement gap by ensuring equal access to the curriculum and differentiated instruction in the least restrictive environment (LRE).
Children and Youth with Special Needs
Search through a comprehensive database of resources and programs for special needs families.
Maryland Special Needs Advocacy Program
Connect to an organization that provides free educational advocacy services for Jewish children with special needs. They support children from birth to age 21.
Preparing today’s students for careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) is more important now than ever before. With the shift to a technology-driven society, students and children will need to learn and apply new skills to succeed in school, college, and as they enter the workforce. Maryland Public Television has developed a variety of standards-based resources and learning activities to support STEAM learning and teaching in these critical areas. Learn more and get started today!
Art: Elements of Art
Pop into PBS LearningMedia for inspirational videos and activities for the study of the arts. Concepts include: shape, space, color, line, form and value.
Bring the habitats and creatures of the Chesapeake Bay right into your home with Thinkport’s award-winning online field trip. Your children will learn about a bountiful local bay through exciting online activities and conducting experiments in a virtual lab.
Lure of the Labyrinth
Math on a mission! Students enter an underground factory inhabited by quirky creatures to math skills including: proportion, ratio, numbers, operation, fractions.
Math by Design
Watch your children’s imagination soar as they design elements of a virtual park and environmental center using geometry and measurement. Children gain knowledge and practice as they work their way through fun tasks such as; placing a pond in a park, adding obstacles to a fitness course, and sprucing up a basketball court.
Port: A Transportation System
Point your teenagers to the Port of Baltimore to learn about innovative technologies and exciting careers at Baltimore’s bustling transportation system. It’s a great way to get them thinking about the job market. The site includes interactive challenges, videos and educational supports.
Visit MPT's educational portal Thinkport.org for innovative science activities and online learning adventures. Learn about the Chesapeake Bay, oceans, protecting whales, climate change and much more.
Show your students the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in everyday learning with a collection of skill-building activities from MPT's education department.
- Visit MPT's education portal Thinkport.org for more educational resources, activities and multimedia.
Dropout Prevention and Re-engagement
Local and national organizations are working diligently to reduce the dropout rate, increase the graduation rate, and expand learning opportunities for youth. Learn about a variety of programs and resources that are enhancing educational outcomes and opportunities for children and families in Maryland.
Advocates for Children and Youth (ACY)
ACY protects the rights of children in aspects of health, justice, education and welfare in Maryland and building positive childhood experiences for generations to come.
Baltimore City Public Schools Alternative Paths to a High School Diploma
Baltimore City Public Schools offers a wide range of opportunities and programs to meet students’ educational needs and/or earn the equivalent of a high school diploma. These programs are designed for students who have fallen behind, have difficulties succeeding in a traditional environment, or are going through difficult family/life circumstances.
Baltimore City Public Schools Alternative Programs
Explore accelerated pace programs for middle and high school students to help them get back on track. From career and youth academies, to the “second chance” Baltimore Community High School, students can find one of many ways to succeed.
Chesapeake Center for Youth Development
Chesapeake Center offers educational, vocational and clinical case management services to at-risk youth (ages 15-18) in Baltimore City and the surrounding counties. Chesapeake Center offers small alternative classrooms for court involved youth as well as youth who are not court involved but need credit recovery.
Dropout Prevention and Alternative Programs
Get connected to MSDE’s dropout prevention coordinator and see what programs and services are available in your area. Each local school system (LSS) has developed strategies to address dropout prevention.
Dropout Prevention Educational Activities/Resources
Visit PBSLearning Media's classroom resources and content to support teachers, parents, caregivers and mentors who are helping at-risk students overcome key learning obstacles on the path from preschool through graduation.
Family League of Baltimore
Learn about the League’s community and school engagement strategy that builds partnerships with schools in order to give students access to vital educational and non-educational services. The organization also provides food-access programs and an initiative to improve the health of babies and mothers.
House of Hope Maryland
House of Hope Maryland is a non-denominational, not for profit Christian organization committed to serving teenagers in need, and offering hope and support to their families.
Thread engages underperforming high school students confronting significant barriers outside of the classroom by providing each one with a family of committed volunteers and increased access to community resources.
Yo! Westside and Eastside (Youth Opportunities)
YO! Baltimore serves out-of-school youth and young adults citywide at two centers. Adults provide support services and opportunities for participants to reach their academic and career goals.
300 Men March
Baltimore's violence prevention organization recruits volunteers from across the spectrum of the community to engage in violence prevention and deterrence activities. In 2015, the organization created the 300 Youth COR, a group of Baltimore City adolescents ages 15 - 19 that are equipped with the knowledge, skills, confidence and motivation to minimize their risk for involvement in violence.
Career Readiness and College Completion
Maryland’s new educational standards help students build the skills and knowledge they will need to be prepared for college-level coursework and the demands of the 21st century workplace. These standards help provide a solid foundation for students to succeed in the future.
Baltimore County Public Schools-Career and Technology Education
Baltimore County’s valuable program provides students with relevant career skills preparation and academic course work designed to prepare students for the 21st century global economy.
BridgeEdU is a unique first year college program that combines core academic courses, real-world internships and service experiences, with the coaching to help students succeed in academics and life. BridgeEdU Scholars will have the opportunity to earn 20+ transferrable college credits.
College and Career-Readiness Resources
Explore interactive classroom resources and content to support teachers, parents, caregivers and mentors who are helping at-risk students overcome key learning obstacles on the path from preschool through graduation.
Find tools and toolkits, resources and research, articles and best practices for college and career success.
Maryland State Department of Education
The Division of Career and College Readiness (DCCR) provides leadership to promote quality career preparation and lifelong learning for Marylanders.
Watch videos about a variety of careers, meet people working in different careers and learn more about what they do, and find career connections.
Videos: College and Career
College and Career Readiness starts in school and at home. Watch these videos created by Maryland Public Television and the Maryland State Department of Education to see how the new standards and assessments are helping prepare all Maryland students for colleges, careers, and the 21st century workplace.
Youth Services Baltimore County
The Youth Services team engages youth in activities that focus on greater academic achievement, real world employability skills and applicable life skills.
College and Career Programs by County