Stories of Champions

    American Graduate Stories of Champions is a video companion project of American Graduate Day, a national multi-media broadcast designed to raise awareness around the high school dropout crisis and highlight the importance of mentorship in the lives of youth. Champions are dedicated individuals and organizations working to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for children and youth. See how MPT’s Champions are making a meaningful difference in Maryland! Let their inspiring stories encourage you to give back and get involved.

    > Tune into MPT on October 14 to watch American Graduate Day

    Sarah Hemminger


    Sarah Hemminger co-founded Thread to support Baltimore’s most at-risk high school students confronting significant barriers outside of the classroom. She has a passion for helping youth succeed in order to reach their highest potential by surrounding them with a cohesive ‘family’ of up to five volunteers.  

    Travis Street


    Travis Street grew up in the largest public housing community in Baltimore, one in which he now serves. As the Program Manager of the UA House at Living Classrooms Foundation, he is devoted to helping children and youth succeed through academic enrichment, health, physical fitness education, and career development. Travis also serves as a respected role model for students and staff alike, empowering each to thrive in all aspects of life.  

    Yvonne Terry


    Yvonne Terry is at the helm of an academic enrichment program designed to support at-risk youth and prevent the “summer slide.” Salisbury Horizons is a transformational, community-centered summer education program working to close the achievement gap for low-income children attending Wicomico County Public Schools.  

    Sponsored By:

    Maryland Public Television Corporation for Public Broadcasting Annie E. Casey Foundation Wide Angle Youth Media