At the September 8, 2016 conference Attendance + Engagement = Graduation, New Mexico PBS recognized 8 local American Graduate Champions. An American Graduate Champion commits their time, skills and resources to make sure that young people succeed. A champion may be 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, someone like a Big Brother or a mentor.
You can see our three newest local New Mexico Champions here. http://www.newmexicopbs.org/news_events/2016-american-graduate-champions
Champions receiving awards:
-Robert Baade: Director RFK Charter High School
-Dr. Carletta Bullock: Family practitioner and RFK Charter High School, School Based Health Clinic
-Marisol Campos: Volunteer who partnered with Target to get new clothing for the West Mesa High School clothing bank
-Lorilei Chavez: Native American Liaison/Impact Aid Coordinator at Bernalillo High School, advocate for Native American children
-Andy Hsi: Director of the Health Sciences Institute for Resilience, Health, and Justice, and professor and general pediatrician at University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
-Robb Janov: Rock and Rhythm band leader and teacher at Jefferson Middle School
-Gilberto Lobo: Dual Language Middle School science teacher and team leader
-David Powless: Former NFL player, founder of Spirit of Hoops basketball camps
American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen is public media’s long-term commitment to supporting community-based solutions to the dropout crisis. Supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), more than 125 public radio and television stations including New Mexico PBS / KNME have joined forces with over 1,700 partners and at-risk schools across 48 states and 1 territory.