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Through the American Graduate initiative, WHYY is expanding its education coverage on air and on, helping to shed light on a complicated and often confusing education landscape. WHYY's media instructors are working directly with students in WHYY Flash Media Labs at five city schools, where Students are learning to develop their voices and share their stories as they create original documentaries.

American Graduate Champions

An American Graduate Champion commits his or her time, skills and resources to make sure that young people succeed. He or she is an individual who plays an active role in improving educational outcomes for students. A champion is a parent who is active in the lives of young people or a volunteer who creates a positive environment daily for youth in their community.

Make the commitment to help all young people succeed by becoming or recognizing an American Graduate Champion »

Atnre Alleyne and Tatiana Poladko

Program Co-founders Atnre Alleyne and Tatiana Poladko introduce TeenSHARP and how they support high achieving students of color by increasing the number of minority students in selective, four-year colleges. As a tribute to their work, WHYY has named Atnre and Tatiana American Graduate Champions.

Maybelly Augustin

Maybelly (May) is an American Graduate champion because she is perseverance personified. May has undergone 7 surgeries, between the ages 1 month and 11 years old, to correct her spine, due to scoliosis. She's maintained honor roll and as a high school senior, is number 10 in her class. May is one of the most sweet, considerate, and enthusiastic people I know. She's taken the SAT 3 times only to see her score drop each time. The week of her interview with a local university, May's father passed away, but she still prepared and showed up at the interview on time. After applying to 8 schools, May was only admitted to 1, while she is grateful for this opportunity, I know that the other schools are really missing out on one super special student!

Jeffrey T. Benson Jr.

By Trenae Nuri

Jeffrey T. Benson Jr. has a talent for creating powerful teams and partnerships in Delaware. He created a dual enrollment program partnership between Woodbridge School District and Delaware Technical Community College that gives high school seniors an opportunity to earn a college credit.

"[This] solidified the efforts we have been trying to convey to the community," Benson said.

Benson said many of the challenges Sussex County students face are peer pressure into drugs and a lack of access to educational resources. To combat negative stereotypes associated with these problems, Benson and his partner, Dupree Johnson, created the Sussex County Anti-Drug Youth Coalition (SCADYC). Through this drug prevention program, Delaware students are exposed to different cultural experiences, volunteer opportunities and field trips around the region.

"Our work gives these students alternative activities to participate in, while building teamwork and leadership skills. There are plenty of negative things to be a part of, but they choose to be members of a positive coalition effecting change within their community."

Then in 2014, SCADYC launched the Anti-Drug Youth Conference which brings hundreds of students, from various school districts, together to promote healthy living and address bullying and suicide prevention.

Benson's most memorable moment of the Conference was when a former chair member shared her story with students. After graduating from Woodbridge High School, she auditioned for Cynthia Bailey's (The Real Housewives of Atlanta) fashion, modeling and acting agency and got signed.

"She accredited being a part of our Anti-Drug Youth Coalition for keeping her on the straight and narrow path. I was very proud of her and all she had achieved."

Benson said he wants to recognize everyone who has helped to make positive and progressive changes within their community.

"There are plenty of American Graduate Champions who never get recognized for their efforts, but I want to let them know I appreciate them."

Jamaal Bowman

Jamaal Bowman is an educator that has high expectations of the students he works with and set students on a path towards success by hiring dedicated teachers and support staff in his school. As a principal he expects that ALL of his middle school students will go on to, and graduate from high school with a plan to pursue higher education. He creates learning experiences that address the WHOLE student, builds from their developmental needs and challenges them academically. He is an American Graduate Champion!

Kevin Brown

Kevin's role in the Philadelphia ACE affiliate steadily has evolved from ACE student, to mentor and lead mentor, and most recently to board member. After earning a civil engineering degree (he was the first college graduate in his African American family), he became a mentor in 2010, working with students from the high school he attended. For the past two years he led the mentor team. His employer, Urban Engineers, thinks so highly of Kevin that it established an annual $5,000 ACE student scholarship named after him. Kevin has wonderful presence and has spoken before large groups.

Bryheem Charity

"I am a champion because I lead by example everyday. I'm passionate about helping people obtain success in my community. I strongly believe our youth is our future leaders, therefore I'm invested in creating a platform where our future leaders have an opportunity to prosper."

City Year AmeriCorps Members

"City Year's mission is to build democracy through citizen service, civic leadership and social entrepreneurship. It is through service that we can demonstrate the power and idealism of young people, engage citizens to benefit the common good, and develop young leaders of the next generation. City Year is wholly focused on fighting the national dropout crisis. We have committed to leverage the talent, energy and idealism of corps members to serve as tutors, mentors and role models in schools to help students stay on track -- and get back on track -- to graduate.

In collaboration with a team of education researchers and practitioners, City Year designed and launched its Whole School Whole Child (WSWC) strategic intervention model in 2006. The model channels City Year's unique assets - card-trained, idealistic young people - toward building the nation's graduation pipeline by helping students stay on track to graduate high school.

The WSWC model addresses the key early warning indicators by placing diverse teams of corps members in low-performing schools for a full academic year to support at-risk students. Corps members are recruited, trained, and deployed to serve in schools from before the first bell rings until the last student leaves at the end of the day, providing: Academic Support through whole-class instructional support and 1:1/small group tutoring in literacy and math; Attendance Support through morning greeting, daily phone calls home, 1:1 coaching, and positive incentives; Behavior Coaching through small-group social emotional skill development ; Positive School Climate through school-wide programs that promote student and family engagement; and Extended Learning Programming focused on homework completion and enrichment programming.

This year, City Year Philadelphia is partnering with 14 of Philadelphia's highest-need schools, where over 200 corps members support over 8,000 students. The schools in which we serve represent some of the most challenged schools in Philadelphia. The near peer age and diversity of the corps enable them to connect with and relate to the students they serve. Corps members' daily connections with students are inherently positive and productive in a way that is essential in the chaotic learning environments of large urban schools."

Abraham El

By Trenae Nuri

As a civil engineer at Pennoni Associates, Inc., Abraham El works with several mentorship programs to expose students of color, girls and low-income to STEM (Science, Technology, Education, and Math) careers. He has served four years as a mentor and board member of SPARK Philadelphia—a non-profit organization that engages middle school students through internships, mentoring and high school prep.

"Many students can be the key to their own opportunity to succeed but they have to be exposed to the chances to take advantage of mentoring, tutoring, professional development, internship, co-operative work, and extra-curricular activities that will help them," El said.

"When the [SPARK] students present their project at Discovery Night to family, friends, teachers, peers, and professionals, they exhibit a confidence, pride, and maturity that can be infectious and hopefully carries on when they present before groups of any size in the future." His influence continues through ACE—a program pairing high school students with mentors in design and construction. He volunteers with Future City Philadelphia. And he is the Pennsylvania State MATHCOUNTS Coordinator.

"In middle school, students are often not aware of the professional opportunities available to them and that there is a merge between their personal interests, skills, and creativity that can translate into any number of careers that they may end up loving."

For El, he hopes that this recognition as an American Graduate Champion will encourage other professionals—the teachers, coaches, counselors, mentors--the "unsung heroes" as he calls them.

"I love that the [AGC] honors the people who are on the front lines doing great work to help provide resources, enrichment programs, and increased opportunities for youth in their area."

Erik Daniels

Erik is an educator that 'keeps it real' with his students. He cares for them deeply and shows it by having high expectations, by taking them seriously, but by not taking HIMSELF too seriously. He is beloved by the his students who count on him to make learning fun and meaningful.

Shyamoli De

Shyamoli De is the Adult Education/Literacy Coordinator in the Camden County libraries. For the last 20 years she taught adult students ranging between 20 and 60 years old. Even the students' cultural backgrounds varied—they come from India, China, Japan, Korea, Russia, Turkey, Bangladesh, Italy, Belgium, France, Peru, Mexico, Panama, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Thailand, Haiti and Greece. And because of the cultural and often times language barriers, De's students experienced many educational challenges.

"One of the most important things we do is to remove as many obstacles as possible," De said. "Prospective students are often overwhelmed and intimidated and don't know where to begin."

De bridges the educational, cultural and language gaps for students in her conversation class. This weekly ESL class consists of students who already speak some English. Seven years ago when the class began there were only four students. Now, the class has 30 participants. Lessons not only include language assignments, but students learn American culture, as card as understand cultural differences and similarities among their classmates. De encourages students to learn through classroom discussions, 'show and tell' and socializing among classmates by eating cuisines from different countries.

"Being an immigrant myself, I had faced many problems when I first came to this country [from India] 35 years ago," De said. "I teach my students to be confident and not to be self-conscious of their limited vocabulary."

She has also launched several best-selling author visits, writing workshops and outreach services to assisted-living communities. De has conducted creative writing classes, a United States Citizenship prep course—a partnership with the NJ Dept. of Immigration--and an oral biography project at some of the local senior citizen centers in South Jersey.

She has helped adult students navigate the Camden County One Stop Career Center where they get one-on-one tutoring in reading, math, and financial literacy. Some students who never finished high school can enroll in the library's Career Online High School. In this fully accredited program, students can earn a high school diploma and a complementary career certificate. According to De, five students have already successfully graduated from the program.

"We stay alert to community needs," De said. "[We] are continually adding relevant programs."

De said she wants to share her recognition of being an American Graduate Champion with the Camden County libraries.

"I have a great passion for Literacy, and I enjoy working with our students," De said. "I want each and every one to succeed and have a better life. I couldn't have done it without my equally dedicated staff."

Charles M. Frazier

Charles enrolled students, from the Creative Arts High School in Camden NJ for the WHYY Documentary Film program for students. In addition to exposing students to a great community resource he made sure the students got to the WHYY studio and returned them to Camden dropping them off at their respective homes. All this was done at his personal expense and time.

Dr. William Hite

Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia, Dr. William Hite, explains why it is critical to create different models of learning and access for high school students. As a tribute to his work guiding a large urban district through difficult challenges, WHYY has named him an American Graduate Champion.

Lisa Hoffman

Mrs. Hoffman is more than a principal. She always puts her students first and works to make sure no one gets left behind. She works with all students, but particularly those who are at-risk. She has been known to have students working in her office so that she can make sure they are doing what they need to to succeed. She is currently writing her dissertation at Temple University and is researching educator perceptions of at-risk youth and alternative schools in an effort to bring awareness to the need for more support to help students reach their full potentials.

Ernest "EJ" Hudson

Ernest "EJ Hudson is a multi-talented educator. Employed with the Appoquinimink School District, Mr. Hudson has developed a way to parallel both culinary arts with reading and mathematics spawning the title of his company Spatulearn. Spatulearn is a youth food cooking lesson in the comfort of the students home. Using the space of their very own kitchen, the child receives personal or group cooking lessons integrated with a focus on math and reading skills. Mr. Hudson's goal is to build self-esteem, career awareness and overall character using Spatulearn as the instrument that guides them through the process.

Erin Hutt

Erin Hutt is the founder of Chains, Inc. Chains, Inc. is a nontraditional program with the goal to link the youth with local businesses, throughout New Castle County, in the students desired career path. Students are able to shadow a professional and gain hands on experience, while building their professional network. Chains, Inc. Links their students to what is going on in their local community. This program allows students to get involved in volunteering and assist them with learning skills that are needed to prepare for life after high school. Lastly, Chains Inc. ensures the upkeep of the mandatory 2.5 GPA required to be involved in their program. College preparatory tasks such as filing out the necessary forms for college, i.e. applications, FAFSA, etc, essay writing, and other related topics. Students who leave for college will still be linked to the Chains program and their mentors to continue guidance throughout their college career.

Dupree J. Johnson

Dupree J. Johnson is employed by Kent Sussex Community Services and serves as the Alcohol, Tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD) Project Supervisor for Kent and Sussex Counties. He and the Sussex County Action Prevention Coalition implemented an ATOD curriculum that is being taught in the Delaware County School District-s as an elective course of study which is coordinated which Del-Tech to apply credit to High School graduate. He organized and facilitated the largest Youth Prevention Conference in 2014 (300 plus in attendance) in Sussex Co., in which the state (SPF-SIG) now funds for Both Counties (Kent/Sussex). He is the facilitator of the Sussex County Action Prevention Coalition SCAPC and Sussex County Anti Drug Youth Coalition SCADYC, the Man to Man Rites of Passage Program for young boys where he educates young males on the responsibilities of being a men and he also services as Pastor of the New Genesis Rock of Love Christian Ministries in Lincoln DE.

Arthur T. & Marcia M. Laver

The Lavers are the founders of a therapeutic horseback riding center at their home in Garnet Valley PA. The All Riders Up program provides Equine Assisted Activities, Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy, and is establishing an Equine Facilitated Learning program. EAA, EFP, and EFL help students achieve the self confidence and skills that are useful in overcoming physical, emotional, and learning disabilities, enhancing the chances of success in today's competitive environment.

Delaware Governor Jack Markell

Improving early childhood education has been a priority for Delaware Governor Jack Markel’s eight years in office. Under his leadership, the percentage of low-income children receiving subsidized care who are in highly-rated centers has gone from 5 percent to 70 percent. As a tribute to his success, WHYY has named him an American Graduate Champion.

Jesse McKevitt

As a fifth grade teacher in Camden, Jesse goes above and beyond for the students of Democracy Prep. His main responsibility is to teach the fundamental basics of mathematics, instill an appreciation for his subject, and demonstrate how math is a practical part of daily life. But his role within his school has expanded to all grade levels. Most days he stays after class ends to work with scholars in a mentor role, regardless of their grade level. He is invested in the card-being of "at risk" students who yearn to be heard and understood. Jesse works on a one-on-one basis with these students to address their behavioral issues and create plans for success. If those plans involve an incentive for improvement (like a cookie party, or a new soccer ball…even a knitting lesson) Jesse spends his own time and money to make that reward a reality. By making himself available as a role model and listener outside of his math classroom, he has been able to engage students who might otherwise slip through the cracks. His passion and integrity as an educator is extraordinary.

Bill McKinney, PhD

He has dedicated the last 5 years of his life to mentoring 4 young men from N. Philly since they were in middle school. Prior to meeting them, he had no personal connection to them, no 'reason' to dedicate hours of his life to supporting them on their journey into young adulthood. Two of the young men have graduated from high school; one is enrolled at CCP, the other working and working on enrolling at CCP. The other two are on a path towards graduating from HS this year. It is because of Bill's guidance, support, encouragement and very HIGH expectations of these young men, they have been able to create a path for themselves that includes higher education. Bill asks each of them to keep their word, to follow through with their commitment and to their best. He walks along side them each step of the way and is an incredible role model for them.

Ruben Mills

RuBen Mills is a champion because of his hard work and dedication to young brothers in Tri-State area. I met Mr. Mills during the darkest hours of my life. I was 17 years old. I will never forget it. I was in the 11th grade at Benjamin Franklin High School. My teacher at the time, Ms. D. King, introduced me to Mr. Mills due to what was going on in my life outside of school. She thought that he would be a great mentor for me at that time. To say the least, that was 16 years ago. After being taken under his wing like so many other young brothers, listening to his advice and watching him work consistently, I was able to graduate from high school and college. In closing, Mr. Ruben Mills is a builder of men and families. I am now a proud employee of Mr. Mills.

Dr. Julius Mullen

Dr. Julius Mullen is the founder of Man Up Leadership Program. Man Up Leadership Program is a strength-based mentoring initiative focused on educational excellence and character development for aspiring young men. The mission of the Man Up Leadership Program is to improve resiliency through educational attainment for young men. Man Up Leadership Program strives to serve as a support mechanism of leadership by creating an environment conducive to self-motivation, inspiration and determination.

Most Notable Outcome: 25/26 (96%) of MAN UP participating Seaford High School seniors graduated to a higher level educational institution and/or military. Most seniors started participating in MAN UP program in Seaford Middle School.

Megan Rodriguez

Megan serves as an academic support teacher in our middle school. She is their supporter, mentor, and guide though the middle school years. She is able to motivate students when they feel they are ready to give up. Megan is a positive influence on them and has been able to find her own voice while championing for her students. She is their cheerleader, confidant, and support while still maintaining appropriate boundaries and forming a bridge between home and school.

Melissa A. Rowe

By Trenae Nuri

When the Philadelphia School District made the decision to close more than 20 schools in 2013, Melissa Rowe turned this bleak situation into a teachable opportunity. As the former college and career coordinator at Germantown High School, one of the schools closed, Rowe helped students compete for college scholarships and write college admission essays. Subsequently, when the high school closed, federal funding stopped.

"I felt sadness, disappointment, and anger," Rowe said. "I knew that if I waited for federal, state, or local policy makers to prioritize college coaching and scholarship writing for Philly's students, I'd be waiting a long time."

That's when the idea to create the Capture Greatness program began.

In the initial stages, Rowe spent the summer of 2013 blogging online and giving high school students college prep tips. She even created a scholarship writing workbook that was available free on her website. Her work took notice. During the 2013-2014 school year, Rowe was invited to more than 10 schools and non-profit organizations to coach students.

"It was in doing the work, that I realized, 'Hey, this is more than college preparation. This is capturing the greatness that lies within each one of these young people."

Today, Capture Greatness students have earned over $1million in scholarships, including three Gates Millennium Scholars. Getting announcements that her students received the Gates Millennium Scholarship was one of Rowe's most memorable experiences.

Many students that Rowe works with are first-generation college students, and often, their families do not know how to navigate scholarships applications. She also works with a population of students who do not attend college-preparatory schools.

"I've found a niche in offering writing instruction and support. Most Philadelphia students are intimidated by writing. They don't know what to write about themselves, how to stand out and be unique, or even understand the purpose of a narrative essay."

Rowe does acknowledge other college prep programs throughout the City, but she said there are still often obstacles for students. For example, some programs require that students participate starting in middle school, mandatory parental commitments, or college-prep classes conflict with students' work schedules. Capture Greatness participants overcome these challenges because youth workshops are brought into schools, some workshops are free and the organization trains other educators, counselors and youth workers.

"My work, through Capture Greatness, helps students build confidence in themselves as they pursue higher education. We start by exploring what makes the individual great. We don't discuss GPA or test scores and don't compare one student to another. Everyone's story is beautiful and everyone is worthy of pursuing their dreams."

Rowe nominated Alexis S. Greaves, principal at World Communications Charter School, as an American Graduate Champion. Greaves was last principal of Germantown High School and former principal at the Walter Showalter Academy in Chester, PA.

"In every school, he's raised the bar for his students, bringing in AP classes, forging partnerships and tapping his network for support and resources. He is a true Champion."

Lindsey Rutter

Lindsey is a phenomenal teacher and reflective practitioner. She is open to new strategies and designs her instruction to best meet the needs of her students. Her commitment to her work is limitless. Lindsey shines across all subjects, whether it is math, reading, or anywhere in between. She is supportive of her students and models our school values of growth, respect, and responsibility. Young leaders are cultivated in her classroom every day.

Jim Schroder

By Trenae Nuri

Helping young people succeed is in Jim Schroder's genes. His mother, a preschool librarian anxious to engage children in the transformational experience of reading, and father both set a strong example of community volunteerism.

Jim's eyes were opened to educational inequalities in the US and abroad through college service projects. While this deeply resonated with him, Jim was even more intrigued by the thousands of adults possessing the skills to give back, but unaware of young people-s great need for educational support. Since that time, Jim has dedicated his education and professional career to connecting adults with ways to help children succeed.

From creating service trips for college students to work with urban youth; to managing AmeriCorps Members at City Year; to building internships for a children's summer camp; to launching an apprenticeship program for students; Jim has demonstrated his passion for education.

It was further solidified with a Certificate in Youth Development & Mental Health in 2011 from Harvard University and three years later in the form of a Master-s Degree in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. Now the Managing Director of Spark Philadelphia, Jim not only oversees the nonprofit organization-s workplace-based youth mentoring program, but also raises funds and engages companies and employees in helping students defy the city's staggering dropout rate.

"I am continually impressed by Jim's dedication to Philadelphia's students," said Sandra Maro Hunt, Senior Manager at the Wharton Social Impact Initiative and a Spark Philadelphia Board Member. "As a leader, he is consistently looking to grow engagement opportunities and help more students succeed. Between his work ethic and his constant energy and optimism, there's no limit to his impact."

In his current role, Jim has helped nearly 250 underserved 7th and 8th graders stay on track for a successful transition to high school. In fact, 96% of Spark Philadelphia students report being better at school!

By placing students in workplace-based apprenticeships, Jim and his team have also given hundreds of employees the opportunity to keep students engaged in school through one-to-one mentoring. "Knowing that I can help make a difference in one person's life... it's worth it." said Courtney, a recent Spark mentor. We know that Jim will continue to keep students on track for success by creating pathways for others to provide much needed educational support for today's young people.

Sean Vereen

By Trenae Nuri

Sean is the President of Steppingstone Scholars, Inc., an educational organization that is dedicated to helping educationally underserved students in the Greater Philadelphia region achieve academic success. Students are prepared for admission to and success at the best public, non-public and independent college preparatory schools through a program of academics, mentoring and support. Steppingstone Scholars works with families, students and partner schools to create opportunities that lead to college degree attainment, social mobility, and leadership in society.

Dr. Vereen was most recently Associate Dean of Opportunity and Access at the University of Pennsylvania. In his 13 years at Penn, he worked for the Office of Student Affairs, New Student Orientation, Makuu Black Student Cultural Center, Greenfield Intercultural Center, and the Center for Africana Studies.

From 2008 to 2012, he worked on the Undergraduate Admissions team and became Associate Dean of Opportunity and Access, overseeing initiatives focused on the cultural and socioeconomic diversification of the University's undergraduate student body.

Dr. Vereen also served as mentor and campus liaison for the Posse Foundation, a leadership and scholars program for urban high school students. He was also instrumental in designing and coordinating Penn's new partnership with The KIPP Foundation. Penn is the first Ivy League member to join in partnership with both organizations.

Shira Walinsky

Shira Walinsky is an Artist and Educator who has worked very closely with Bhutanese and Burmese refugees through the Mural Arts Program's South by Southeast project.

Shira has worked with the community members in South Philadelphia for the past two years on a series of art projects. The goal of this project is to build a safe and supportive community space for immigrant and refugee families to learn about one another, gain access to important social services, and lend their voices to public art projects planned for the neighborhood.

Shira is a champion because she is dedicated to working with students who are new to Philadelphia and focuses on preserving culture through art leading to education and growth for the students she is working with.

Tim Whitaker

By Trenae Nuri

Tim Whitaker saw a broken school system and many Philadelphia students dealing with poverty, anxiety, poor nutrition and often sleep deprivation. For the last seven years his efforts to alleviate those challenges experience by some students, Whitaker created a program that motivates and teaches the valuable skill of writing. Known as the "Mighty Writers", Whitaker and his staff of writers, journalists and educators offer daily afterschool programs, evening and weekend writing classes, mentorships, SAT Prep courses and college essay writing classes. All "Mighty Writers" programs are free to Philadelphia students.

"[We] provide them with a winning identity," Whitaker said in a statement. "Writing is critical to success. When you think clearly and write with clarity, you make smart decisions and success follows."

Since 2009, Mighty Writers has expanded to four satellite locations in North, South and West Philadelphia and reach 2,000 students a year.

Whitaker says his most memorable experiences are during the big moments when a student get accepted into college. He also appreciates what he calls the "small moments"—a student's evolution within the program.

"I'm just as proud and excited when I see one of our kids expressing him or herself clearly and with confidence."

As executive director of Mighty Writers, Whitaker has several years of experience in education. He spent his early career as a former fifth and sixth grade in Philadelphia before becoming a writer and editor. He was the editor of Philadelphia Weekly (1994—2008), the editor of PhillySport and Pittsburgh magazines, and the head writer at NBC Radio. His work appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post and Philadelphia Inquirer.

Now, being recognized as an American Graduate Champion, Whitaker called Mighty Writer students the real heroes.

"Philly kids are the coolest kids on the planet," Whitaker said. "They live life large, experience a lot and tell the greatest stories. Our job is to teach them various ways to express themselves so the world can hear all the great stories they know and the things they feel about what's going on around them."

Whitaker also nominated Esther Morales, executive director Puentes de Salud, to be an American Graduate Champion. Puentes de Salud is a health and education nonprofit that services a large and growing Latino community in South Philadelphia.

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