Author: Cassie Benzinger
Published: Thursday, 10 Sep 2015
American Graduate Day will return on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. EDT (check local listings) live from Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center in New York City. We are pleased to announce that once again this year, Junior Achievement will be one of the featured organizations! American Graduate Day is a live, seven-hour multiplatform broadcast that leverages the power and reach of public media to focus on those organizations and individual champions keeping kids on the path to graduation.
American Graduate Day centers around the critical themes of: Career Readiness and College Completion, Caring Consistent Adults, Dropout Prevention and Re-engagement, Early Education, More and Better Learning, Special Needs, and STEAM. Journalists, thought leaders, and celebrities join together to raise awareness of the incredible work being done across the country to keep kids in school. The broadcast and online event features a mix of national and local segments from across the country that showcase how community organizations and individual champions provide support, advice, and intervention services to at-risk students, families, and schools.
Image caption: JA alumnus Joseph Fortuno (left) speaks at the 2015 National Student Leadership Summit which took place in Washington, D.C.
JA alumnus Joseph Fortuno (right) speaks at the 2015 National Student Leadership Summit which took place in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of Risdon Photography.
This year, American Graduate Day will feature JA alumnus Joseph Fortuno. Joseph got involved with Junior Achievement of Northern California through the JA Company Program. When Joseph first joined his JA company, he had been homeless. Herban Movement, a student led enterprise from Hercules High School in Northern California, was developed by students through the JA Company Program as an entrepreneurial experience for Hercules High students
Herban Movement student entrepreneurs appointed company officers, developed the company's mission statement, and a functional business plan. Through hard work and support from business and community volunteers and his fellow classmates, Joseph was elected as the Chief Executive Officer of Herban Movement. He said that JA and the other students and volunteers have become his family. Joseph will share more of his heartwarming story of how JA helped change his life on American Graduate Day on Oct. 3.
Throughout the day, viewers are invited to engage with their local public television stations and the featured community organizations. Viewers can participate in the event by asking questions and sharing ideas before and during the broadcast on Twitter and Facebook, using the hashtag #AmGrad.
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