For more information contact: Barbara Deeb
In September of 2012, WKU PBS received an American Graduate initiative grant from the National Center for Media Engagement and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to identify and implement solutions to the high school dropout crisis. The multi-year campaign is designed to raise awareness and start a national dialogue.
WKU PBS partnered with representatives of the Bowling Green City and Warren County School systems, along with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Educational Talent Search, and the Why Try program to raise awareness and dialogue through local and national multiplatform programming. Locally, WKU PBS produced a pair of special edition OUTLOOK programs to shed light on the reality of keeping kids in school.
On April 6, 2013, WKU PBS held a Youth Media Training Summit in their studio with high school students from the Educational Talent Search who partnered with WKU student crew members to produce a series of video diaries documenting their decisions to stay in school. The thirty-second diaries will be used as interstitial material for broadcast on WKU PBS. The participating high school students will have access to video equipment to continue to document their stories.