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October 16, 2017

“American Graduate Day 2017” Celebrates Prepping Young People for Success in Schools, Careers & Life

AGD Executive Leadership Panel #1 with Soledad O’Brien, Kimberly Harris, CEO America Needs You, Doug Michelman, Chairman of the Sprint Foundation, and Sameer Jain, CTO of Barclays Investment Bank

Hosted by Soledad O’Brien on October 14, 2017, the sixth annual American Graduate Day broadcast celebrated individuals and organizations dedicated to helping prepare all young people for success in school, careers and life.

Soledad O’Brien was joined by Rehema Ellis, Susie Gharib, Hakeem Oluseyi and NJTV’s own Michael Hill and Lauren Wanko. Throughout the day, American Graduate Day presented interviews with leading advocates like CPB CEO Patricia Harrison, Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding CEO Mike Petters, and two executive leadership panels featuring voices from across the corporate, philanthropic, and non-profit worlds.  The broadcast also featured heartfelt testimonials from celebrities and luminaries, including John Legend, Juju Chang, Marcus Samuelsson, Misty Copeland, Phil Mickelson, Isaiah Thomas, and Robinson Cano, live performances by As You Were, the U.S. Army Recruiting Band, and 17 compelling Stories of Champions from across the nation. Viewers were encouraged to go online and become a Champion themselves by finding a mentoring opportunity in their local community.

In the week leading up to the broadcast, special events were held nationwide, including ringing the NASDAQ closing bell. National media coverage included: a CNBC opinion piece by Soledad O’Brien, VIBE and Essence features on Darryl McDaniels’ Camp Felix, and a Forbes Q&A, among others.

You can check out some of our social media highlights on the American Graduate Day Twitter Moment.

American Graduate Day at NASDAQ. Bell Ringers were Kimberly Harris, CEO of America Needs You, Kellie Specter, Chief Marketing and Engagement Officer at WNET, and Stephanie Aaronson, VP Education and Community Engagement at CPB

NJTV’s Lauren Wanko and Troy Pinkney (of Per Scholas)

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