via press release:
“American Graduate Day 2013” Premieres September 28 On National Public Media to Tackle Problems Facing Our Nation’s Students in
All-Day TV Marathon of Live Programs, Special Hosts and Guests
Second annual full-day multiplatform event live from the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center in New York City features national and local programming, partners and personalities focused on solutions to the nation’s dropout crisis
Broadcasters and Special Guests Include Campbell Brown, JuJu Chang, Chelsea Clinton, Harold Ford Jr, Jeff Greenfield, Bryant Gumbel, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Alan Muraoka & Abby Cadabby from Sesame Street, Shannon Miller, Deborah Norville, Alma & Colin Powell, Mo Rocca, Mike Rowe, Dee Snider, Patrick Stewart, Ray Suarez, Mark Teixeira, Jay Thomas, Brian Williams & More!
For the second year in a row, American Graduate Day 2013, will premiere live this fall, Saturday, September 28 from 12 noon – 7 pm EST, on public media (check local public television station listings), marking a long term commitment to helping communities tackle the nation’s dropout crisis and preparing students for success with a high school diploma. Through the power and reach of public media, communities across the county will be invited to take an active role and become an “American Graduate Champion” for local youth by volunteering their time, talent, or other resources.
American Graduate Day 2013 will once again be broadcast and streamed live from the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center in New York City. Employing the same television broadcast format as last fall, American Graduate Day 2013 features a seven-hour “call to action” marathon around critical themes, including Expanded Learning Time & After School Programs, Early Education, Mentoring, Career Readiness & College Completion, STEM Programs, Family Support, and Dropout Re-engagement & Prevention. Hosted by on-air personalities from PBS, WNET, and other media organizations, the broadcast and online event will be divided into 14 half-hour blocks featuring a mix of live breaks and pre-taped partner segments showing how community organizations provide support, advice, and intervention services to at-risk students, families, and schools. Within each of these half-hour blocks, local public media stations broadcasts will have the opportunity to customize the national feed with a locally-produced live or pre-taped seven-minute segment.
Throughout the day, viewers and online users will be invited to become American Graduate Champions by connecting with their local public television stations and the featured local community organizations. Viewers will be encouraged to participate in the event by asking questions and sharing ideas before and during the broadcast on Twitter using the hashtag #AmGrad and on Facebook. Those interested in becoming an “American Graduate Champion” can also call the Toll free number on the day of broadcast or log on to AmericanGraduate.org to find out more about the national and regional organizations and how to help in their hometowns.
The live all-day “call-to action” marathon for American Graduate Day 2013 premieres on-air on Saturday, September 28 from 12 noon-7 pm ET on public television stations around the country (check local listings).
CONFIRMED MODERATORS FEATURED IN ALL-DAY BROADCAST (Personalities from TV, Media, Sports, Politics, Education):
Steve Adubato (NJTV), Campbell Brown, Juju Chang (ABC), Rehema Ellis (NBC), Harold Ford Jr (former US Senator), Susie Gharib (Nightly Business Reports Produced by CNBC), Bianna Golodryga (Good Morning America), Bryant Gumbel (HBO), Christina Ha (PBS), Maria Hinojosa (PBS), Rebecca Jarvis (ABC), Wes Moore (Author and education advocate), Alan Muraoka (Sesame Street), Mike Schneider (NJTV) Ray Suarez (PBS) Lauren Wanko (NJTV) and Brian Williams (NBC).
CELEBRITY TESTIMONIALS INCLUDE:
Chelsea Clinton (NBC News), Tony Dovolani (Dancing with the Stars), Jose Fernandez (retired NASA astronaut), Jeff Greenfield (Emmy Award-winning journalist & author), Florence LaRue (The Fifth Dimension), Mike Leonard (Emmy Award winning journalist), Shannon Miller (two-time Olympic Gold Medalist in Gymnastics), Brian Stokes Mitchell (Tony Award-winning actor), Deborah Norville (Inside Edition), Mo Rocca (The Daily Show, CBS Sunday Morning), Daniel Rodriguez (the singing policeman), Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs, Deadliest Catch), Jon Secada (Grammy Award-winning singer), Dee Snider (frontman of Twisted Sister), Patrick Stewart (Star TREK N.G., X-Men), and Jay Thomas (Emmy Award winning actor, Murphy Brown).
Alma & Colin Powell will be interviewed about their organization, America’s Promise Alliance. Also interviewed will be Mark Teixeira (NY Yankees World Champion 2009 & 2x MLB All-Star).
NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS FEATURED
Among the national organizations featured are: America’s Promise Alliance, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Citizen Schools, City Year, Coalition for Community Schools, College For Every Student, Computer Clubhouse, Corporation for National and & Community Service, Excelencia in Education, Experience Corps, 4-H, Horizons National, Jobs For the Future’s “Back on Track” Model, Junior Achievement, KaBOOM!, National Center for Time and Learning, National College Access Network, Parent-Child Home Program, Playworks, Posse Foundation, Reading is Fundamental, Sesame Workshop, Skills USA, and United Way. Local organizations featured include: Broome Street Academy, East Side House Settlement, Friends of the Children, GO Project!, Harlem RBI, Kingsborough Early College Secondary School, Queens Public Library Discovery Center, MOUSE, New Victory Theater, PENCIL, and SEO Scholars.
American Graduate Day 2013 is a production of THIRTEEN Productions LLC in association with WNET. Michael Kostel is executive producer. Colin Powers is broadcast producer. Colleen Goodhue is co-producer. Tomek Gross and Ryan Nantell are segment producers. Helen Maier is production coordinator. Anna Campbell is associate producer. From the Education Department, Kim Mullaney is director, state and local education, and Carole Wacey is vice president, education. Neal Shapiro is executive-in-charge.