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It is estimated that one in four young people drop out of high school each year and this represents a significant impediment to their own future happiness, health and success and a challenge to the ongoing development of an innovative and productive American workforce.This recently released report from the Social Science Research Council shows high levels of disconnection amongst youth aged 16-24 from study OR work in 25 major metro areas.These reports by the Innovation Trail team are part of American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen; a multi-year public media initiative, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), to help local communities identify and implement solutions to the high school dropout crisis.The American Graduate project brings together more than 60 public media stations around the country in an initiative to help students stay on the path to graduation and future success.A forum and community conversation about the dropout crisis in Rochester, N.Y. will be held at WXXI's Studios, 280 State Street, Rochester from 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept 24.To be part of the studio audience call (585) 258-0252.PBS Frontline will air a special "Dropout Nation", airing at 9:00 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD.

Discussing the upstate New York dropout crisis

WXXI's Innovation Trail Dropout Nation forum

This story is part of the Innovation Trail's partnership with FRONTLINE's Dropout Nation. You can read the other reports here.

Innovation Trail held a lively discussion about the dropout crisis in upstate New York, as part of the American Graduate initiative. Teachers, graduate students, and educational professionals were in attendance at the WXXI studios in Rochester to watch the FRONTLINE report, Middle School Moment, and gave their thoughts on how to curb the dropout crisis. Below is the FRONTLINE Middle School Moment report, and the discussion that followed:

FRONTLINE Middle School Moment


Forum Part 1


Forum Part 2


Support for Innovation Trail's reporting on the American Graduate initiative comes from Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection.