As part of the WFSU American Graduate project, WFSU is working with at-risk high school students at the Success Academy at Ghazvini Learning Center to help them set academic and personal goals that will lead them to graduation and a career beyond. Students that attend the Success Academy have had problems at their district-zoned high school. They have fallen behind academically or have had other social and emotional issues that preclude them from attending their home school.

Twenty-six students were selected to participate in the project called Operation AGES (American Graduate to Economic Security) based on their attendance, academic progress and behavior. Since January 9 they have been meeting three times a week during the school day to work on leadership skills, goal setting, positive behavior reinforcement and academic support.

Zack Richardson from The Character Center leads the class on Mondays. On Fridays the students work on a video project sponsored by WFSU. The goals of the video project are to help the students find their voice, communicate confronted issues, and articulate how they are working towards graduating from high school. WFSU will be documenting the progress these students make as the year progresses.

WFSU is one of 25 stations in the country selected to participate in the American Graduate project. American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen is a public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help local communities across America find solutions to address the high school dropout crisis.

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