Intel Computer Clubhouse Network to Participate in “American Graduate Day 2013”

September 25, 2013

Live National Multiplatform Event to Keep Students on the Path to Graduation,
Premieres September 28 on Public Television

Featuring local and national programming, community partners, and celebrities focused on solutions to the nation’s high school dropout crisis

Broadcast to Showcase Computer Clubhouse Efforts to Address the Needs of At-Risk Youth

BOSTON, September 25, 2013American Graduate Day 2013, will premiere live this 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 country 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 is a multi-platform event featuring local and national programming, community partners, and celebrities focused on improving the high school graduation rates in America. The key component of the event is the participation of the community-based organizations. The Intel Computer Clubhouse Network along with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, City Year, and United Way are among the partner organizations that have agreed to participate in American Graduate Day 2013, which will feature nearly 30 national partner organizations, 14 local organizations, and celebrity guests involved in education and youth intervention programs.

American Graduate Day 2013 will spotlight the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network and the work it is doing to help kids stay in school until graduation. The Computer Clubhouse is an after-school digital design studio where young people from underserved communities work with adult mentors to explore their own ideas, develop skills, and build confidence in themselves through the use of technology. Headquartered at the Museum of Science, Boston, the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network supports more than 100 Clubhouses based in youth organizations, teen centers, and community agencies in 20 countries around the world. "We are honored to participate in American Graduate Day and to encourage communities to take an active role in promoting student success,” said Gail Breslow, Director of the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network. “The dropout crisis in America will only be solved with the help of programs like the Computer Clubhouse that engage young people in meaningful ways, inspiring them to stay in school and become lifelong learners.”

American Graduate Day 2013 will be broadcast and streamed live from the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center in New York City. American Graduate Day is part of the public media initiative, American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). “American Graduate through America’s public media stations, on air, online and in hundreds of communities is working in partnership with teachers, students, educators, business and community leaders to encourage, in measurable ways, our kids to stay on the path to a high school diploma,” said Pat Harrison, CPB president and CEO. “Together with our 1000 local and national partners, we are having an impact and moving toward the national goal of a 90 percent graduation rate by the year 2020. American Graduate Day is just one example of how local public television and radio stations provide content that matters and engagement that counts.”

American Graduate Day 2013 features a seven-hour “call to action” marathon focused 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 will have the opportunity to customize the national feed with a locally-produced live or pre-taped seven-minute segment.

On AmericanGraduate.org, the event will include live viewer generated video content submitted in response to questions such as “How has your life changed, or been changed by the power of volunteering?”

Throughout the day, viewers and online users will be invited to become American Graduate Champions by connecting with their local public television station and with the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network. 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.

Visit the American Graduate Day Website for more details on participating PBS and NPR stations as well as other television and radio programs: http://americangraduate.org/grad-day

About the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network
Founded in 1993 by the Museum of Science, Boston, in collaboration with the MIT Media Laboratory, the Computer Clubhouse is designed to empower youth from all backgrounds to become more capable, creative, and confident learners. Grounded in research from the fields of education, psychology, cognitive science, and youth development, the Computer Clubhouse and its learning model have gained international recognition among educators and community leaders, and serves as a model for how technological tools can support learning, creative expression, and community development. In 1997, the Computer Clubhouse was awarded the prestigious Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation for making a difference in the lives of the people it serves, having measurable outcomes, and providing an innovative model that could be replicated by others. Using the “flagship” Clubhouse at the Museum of Science, Boston, as a model, the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network supports community-based Clubhouses around the world, providing thousands of youth with access to resources, skills, and experiences to help them succeed in their careers, contribute to their communities, and lead outstanding lives. Since 1993, the lives of thousands of youth have been deeply transformed by their experience at the Clubhouse. Against a backdrop of disturbing high school dropout rates and low college participation for under-served youth, a recent survey conducted by SRI International, an independent nonprofit research institute, shows that 94% of active Clubhouse members plan to continue their education after high school.

About WNET
In 2013, WNET is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of THIRTEEN, New York’s flagship public media provider. As the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to over 5 million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Need to Know, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online. Pioneers in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life in the classroom and at home. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJ Today and MetroFocus, the multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region. WNET is also a leader in connecting with viewers on emerging platforms, including the THIRTEEN Explore iPad App where users can stream PBS content for free.

About AMERICAN GRADUATE
American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen is helping local communities identify and implement solutions to the high school dropout crisis. American Graduate demonstrates public media’s commitment to education and its deep roots in every community it serves. Beyond providing programming that educates, informs and inspires, public radio and television stations — locally owned and operated — are an important resource in helping to address critical issues, such as the dropout rate. In addition to national programming, more than 75 public radio and television stations in 33 states have launched on-the-ground efforts working with community and at risk youth to keep students on-track to high school graduation. More than 1000 partnerships have been formed locally through American Graduate, and CPB is working with Alma and Colin Powell’s America’s Promise Alliance and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

About CPB
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,300 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services.

Press Contacts

Tyler Armstrong, Marketing & Communications Manager, Intel Computer Clubhouse Network
tarmstrong@mos.org
(617) 589-0448

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