Find the full list of KLRU’s American Graduate champions here. Below, look through personal stories of several champions:
Alison Rich is a University of Texas Student majoring in Mechanical Engineering and is a Robotics Mentor The Lady Cans, an all girls robotics team located in the greater Austin area.
A’lexus Robinson is a Junior at Eastside Memorial High School. Her American Graduate Champion is Gabriel Estrada. Mr. Gabriel, as she calls him, is Youth and Community Facilitator for Austin Voices for Education and Youth.
Christian Palacios is a Senior at McCallum Fine Arts Academy. His American Graduate Champion is Joshua Moreno. Mr. Moreno was his 7th grade math teacher.
Learn about mentorship and the importance of caring adults with videos from KLRU’s American Graduate Day 2014:
Kevin Brackmeyer, Superintendent of Manor ISD, Mary Libby, former president of the Texas Counseling Association and currently a counselor at John Jay HS in San Antonio, and Alfonso Longoria, Football Coach at McNeil HS in Round Rock ISD and formerly an assistant principal in Leander ISD talk about the importance of relationship building between students and the community of adults around them.
Brackmeyer, Libby and Longoria talk about how anyone in the community can become a mentor to a student and how these relationships can help students succeed academically.
Susan Dawson, President and Executive Director of E3 Alliance, Dr. Phillip Eaglin, Founder and CEO of Changing Expectations, and Rocky Zepeda, Del Valle District Coordinator For At Risk Student Services, District Homeless Liaison and Foster Care Liaison discuss ways peers can become mentors to students at risk for dropping out and why everyone is a stakeholder in these kids’ lives.
Key Richardson, Program Director of CASA of Travis County, Tanya Brown, Executive Director of Special Education for AISD, and Angie Tyler, Supervisor of Family & Juvenile Transition Services for The Arc of the Capital Area discuss what each of their individual organizations do to promote education for special needs children and finding out what their needs are.