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Adrian Alonzo.jpg The Nine Network of Public Media is the leader of the national American Graduate initiative to increase the graduation rate and improve youth outcomes.

The initiative, which began in 2011, focuses on bringing together teachers, parents, students and local leaders to build knowledge, understanding, partnerships and resources required to improve graduation rates.

The initiative includes more than 30 public television and radio stations in markets across the country as well as national partnerships with America’s Promise Alliance, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Center for Media Engagement.

Much of the focus will be on creating multi-platform content, implementing education resources and developing interactive learning tools and experiences.

Throughout this next phase of the initiative, our station will focus on key themes, such as early education, career readiness and pathways to success. Another focus will be on caring, consistent adults, who are champions for children’s education. Hub stations will also build collaborative networks of organizations in their communities and will create new pathways for mentors and volunteers to become involved in the solution.

In St. Louis, the Nine Network will work directly with youth and help them to tell their stories of the dropout crisis in collaboration with Nine Academy. 


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