Stories of Champions

    Tune into the live broadcast of American Graduate Day on Saturday, October 14 from 2:00 - 6:00 pm on MPT. Learn about the high school dropout crisis and the incredible work going on around the country to enhance educational opportunities and outcomes for children and youth. Throughout the program, viewers will hear from individuals and organizations (Champions) making a meaningful difference in their communities.

    Maryland Champions

    Along with this year's broadcast, MPT is shining the spotlight on local Champions and programs in Maryland that provide valuable supports and services to students in need. Let their inspiring stories encourage you to give back and get involved.

    > Tune into MPT to hear more stories during 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 Director of UA House at Fayette and Family and Community Engagement for 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.  

    Tiphane Waddell


    Tiphane Waddell serves as the Director of Student Services for BridgeEdu. As a lead success coach and mentor, she helps underserved students in Baltimore make the transition from high school to college, and guides them through their first year of higher education. Her ultimate goal is to prepare these young adults for long term success and let them know that they are not alone.  

    Sponsored By:

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