KLRU is a proud participant in American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen, a public media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to improve educational outcomes for all youth from early childhood through high school graduation.

About American Graduate

American Graduate: Let's Make it Happen is a long-term public media commitment, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, to help communities implement solutions to the high school dropout crisis. Public media organizations, like KLRU, play a significant role building awareness and community capacity. In Central Texas, American Graduate is:

  • seeking a clearer understanding about the nature and impact of the dropout problem, which communities are most affected and the impact on our economy and society
  • and convening organizations sharing common goals to increase graduation rates.

KLRU will also use this national initiative to give voice to successes and recognize American Graduate Champions - those organizations and individuals whose work is having an impact, and offering hope for even greater progress on this critical issue.

KLRU has selected an advisory group of local leaders to help guide this project, which includes presenting special broadcast and online programming, creating original productions, hosting community forums and other special events to raise awareness of the issues and solutions.

You can participate by sharing information about upcoming programs and events or by Recognizing an American Graduate Champion.

Contact Us

If you have a question, comment, or for more information, please contact:
Crystal Martinez, M.Ed., Project Director-American Graduate cmartinez@klru.org

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Champions

American Graduate Video

The following represents a sample of the American Graduate offerings, check back for more:

KLRU American Graduate Advisory Group

Katy Aus, Program Coordinator-Target Graduation, United Way for Greater Austin
Amber Carden, Private Client Advisory, Senior Vice President, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management
Dr. Paul Cruz, Superintendent, AISD
Susan Dawson, President, E3 Alliance
Lydia De La Garza, Truancy Specialist, Manor ISD
Yesica Diaz, College & Career Counselor, Eastside Memorial High School, AISD
Margo Dover, Executive Director, Skillpoint Alliance
Phillip Eaglin, PhD, Founder/CEO, Changing Expectations
Jodi Granando, Graduation Coach-Twilight Program, Eastside Memorial High School, AISD
Dr. Molly Beth Malcolm, Special Assistant to the President/CEO, Austin Community College District
Maria Ortega, Parent, Parent Teacher Student Association President at Bertha Sadler Mean, AISD
Christian Palacios, Alumni from Breakthrough & McCallum Fine Arts Academy, AISD
A'lexus Robinson, Student, Eastside Memorial High School, AISD
Drew Scheberle, SVP, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
Suki Steinhauser, CEO, Communities in Schools of Central Texas
Tiffany Woody, Youth Advisor, CARY (Council At-risk Youth)
Mary Yancy, PhD, Educational Psychologist
Rocky Zepeda, District Coordinator for At Risk Student Services, Del Valle ISD

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American Graduate: Let's Make it Happen is a public media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help local communities keep more students on the path to graduation.

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