A packed house at the Austin Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 12th honored four Austin-area American Graduate Champions. In addition, KLRU was able to preview PBS Spotlight Education Week and point attendees to the local American Graduate resources to help educators, parents, and youth. The following Champions were recognized:
- Denise Hernandez – Attorney and Mentor, Con Mi Madre
- Bavu Blakes – Musician and Teacher, Decker Middle School, Manor ISD
- Chaka – Musician and Mentor, E4 Youth
- Cortney Jones – Youthbuild Counselor, American Youthworks
See the video shorts of all four Champions
See KLRU’s list of over 200 local Champions
The event coincided with PBS Spotlight Education Week, a series of programs that highlight the current challenges and promises of education in America. Our four local Champions will be featured throughout the week on-air; in addition, Saturday at 1 pm marks the fifth annual American Graduate Day, a four-hour block of national programming with a particular focus of recruiting mentors to assist students on the road to high school graduation and beyond. Following the broadcast, KLRU will premiere AISD Champions, a one-hour showcase of student-created films celebrating peers, teachers, coaches, and counselors who are making a difference in student lives.