WTTW is committed to raising awareness and supporting young people in earning their high school diplomas. Through public service announcements and its flagship news and public affairs magazine, Chicago Tonight, WTTW tells the stories of real students and Chicagoans working to raise graduation rates. Watch videos below.

Chicago Tonight

Through interviews with local education leaders, researchers, and the people directly affected by the dropout crisis, Chicago Tonight's award-winning journalists are telling the story of Chicago’s high dropout rate and the work being done to raise graduation rates.

Public Awareness Campaign

WTTW has produced public service announcements to help people recognize that the dropout crisis is a societal problem, and to raise awareness about the resources available for individuals struggling to keep teens focused on their education, and adults who want to be part of the solution.

Youth-Produced Media

In partnership with Free Spirit Media, a non-profit youth media organization working with high school students in Chicago, WTTW has provided guidance and consultation on the production of public service announcements encouraging their peers to stay in school. In addition, several teens in this program participated in the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs, resulting in video reports with a youth perspective on the issues of the dropout crisis.

American Graduate Day

American Graduate Day is a seven-hour multimedia event taking place on a Saturday in September, highlighting the people and organizations working to encourage students to stay on the path to high school graduation.

As part of the national broadcast, WTTW shares the stories of local organizations working to create positive outcomes for youth and their families in Chicago. Brandis Friedman, a correspondent for Chicago Tonight, conducted the interviews. The following are just a few of the American Graduate Champions making a difference in the lives of youth in Chicago.

Sponsors & Partners:

Corporation for Public BroadcastingAmerica's Promise AllianceFree Spirit Media