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A new school year and even more students on-track to graduate in Chicago!

Chicago is seeing sustained gains in the number of students successfully attaining their high school diplomas. Only a decade ago, nearly half of the high school population in Chicago Public School dropped out of the system. Now, thanks to earlier educational interventions, and the dedication and support of countless education professionals, parents, caregivers and community members, Chicago has seen its most dramatic high school graduation rate of 65.4%, a nearly 4% increase over the previous school year and an over 15% increase from just a decade ago. CPS also says 82% of all high school students are on-track to graduate. This steady growth in the number of youth successfully completing their high school education demonstrates that progress can be made. We can make it happen!

No matter the circumstances, all children deserve a chance to make the most of their lives. A high school diploma is a big first step in the right direction. While the increase in high school graduates is encouraging, over 30% of Chicago's high school population still will not earn a diploma. There's a long way to go. But with improved strategies to reach educationally at-risk students earlier and with the consistent guidance of caring, supportive adults, all of Chicago's youth can be American Graduates.

American Graduate Day Saturday, September 27, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (CT)

American Graduate Day is a seven-hour multimedia event highlighting the people and organizations working to encourage students to commit to staying on a path to high school graduation. The goal of this event is to bring attention to the work being done in communities nationwide and inspire more people to get involved.

As part of the national broadcast, WTTW shares the stories of local organizations who work to create positive outcomes for youth and their families in Chicago. Brandis Friedman, a correspondent for Chicago Tonight, conducted the interviews. The following are just a few of the American Graduate Champions making a difference in the lives of youth in Chicago.

About the American Graduate Initiative

American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen! is a public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help local communities across America find solutions to address the dropout crisis. This initiative builds on public media’s long-standing commitment to education.

WTTW, along with CPB and America’s Promise Alliance, are working to raise awareness and community engagement around the dropout crisis. Through informative television programs, resources on this website and special segments on our flagship nightly news magazine Chicago Tonight, we will build awareness of what individuals and organizations are doing to help increase positive outcomes for Chicago's youth. We will work with entities within the community that are dedicated to educating, empowering and supporting bright futures for young people to dispel the myth that this problem is too big to solve and bring people together to help students stay on the path to high school graduation.

View a list of WTTW’s American Graduate Community Partners

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