Public Awareness Campaign
WTTW has produced public service announcements to help people recognize that the dropout crisis is a societal problem and to bring awareness of the resources available for individuals struggling to keep teens focused on their education and to adults who want to be part of the solution.
Released November 2011 - PSA: Chicagos dropout crisis.
Released March 2012 - PSA: The social and economic ramifications of a high dropout rate are revealed, reminding us that this is everyones problem. Facts are based on a report released in December 2011 by the Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University.
Released March 2012 - PSA: The dropout crisis affects everyone.
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.
Released November 2011 - PSA: "Stay In School."
Released November 2011 - PSA: "See Yourself in a Different Light"
Released March 2012 - PSA: "Find Your Inspiration- Long Version"
Released March 2012 - PSA: "Find Your Inspiration- Music"
Released March 2012 - PSA: "Find Your Inspiration- Science"
Released March 2012 - PSA: "Knowledge is Money"
Completed December 2011 - PBS NewsHour Student Report: A student reporter visits Gary Comer College Prep.
Completed December 2011 - PBS NewsHour Student Report: A former high school dropout who re-enrolled at the Howard Area Leadership Academy is interviewed.
Completed May 2012 - PBS NewsHour Student Report: A student reporter interviews successful Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men students who are college bound.
Nationally Produced Media
Public media institutions across the country have produced programming to raise awareness of the low graduation rates, the problems it creates, and examined the potential solutions.
FRONTLINE: Dropout Nation
Documentarians take a look at states that have the lowest rate of graduation in the country and examine the programs in place to prevent future dropouts.
FRONTLINE: Middle School Moment
Dr. Robert Balfanz, a researcher from Johns Hopkins University uncovered a series of indicators that he says can predict how likely a student is to drop out of high school if effective intervention is not used in Middle School. Watch Omarinas story.
PBS NewsHour: Denzel Washington Interview
Denzel Washington spoke with Gwen Ifill of the PBS NewsHour about the dropout issue.
Too Important To Fail
A Tavis Smiley PBS documentary looks at how the dropout crisis affects African American males, and what some communities are doing about it.
WBEZ Radio (91.5 FM)
WBEZ, Chicagos NPR station, highlights the dropout crisis, demonstrating the struggles and successes that some of Chicagos toughest schools are having trying to improve graduation rates.