(Las Vegas) – While the Nevada high school dropout rate has experienced some improvement since the last report issued by the U.S. Department of Education, the state still comes in last in the nation at 57.8 percent – roughly 20 percent below the national average. Believing the graduation rate is a community problem in need of a community effort, Vegas PBS, through its “American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen” initiative and Vegas Virtual Online Education program, is launching the Nevada Mentor Training Program.
Made possible by a grant awarded by MGM Resorts Foundation for $15,000, which was then matched by NV Energy, the Nevada Mentor Training Program will provide mentor training curriculum for up to 500 interested individuals, who serve as part of the Clark County School District’s “Reclaim Your Future” Mentoring Project. The goal, through trained, concerned, mentors, is to positively impact high school students in danger of dropping out, thus helping to decrease the dropout rate in Southern Nevada. The mentor training curriculum is now available online through a custom web-learning portal at VegasPBS.Learn.com/NVMentor. Individuals interested in becoming a mentor can visit the site for more information or to apply for a scholarship.
“Vegas PBS, along with our partners at the Clark County School District, MGM Resorts Foundation and NV Energy, understands the critical need to help our students remain on the path to graduation,” said Tom Axtell, general manager of Vegas PBS. “The Nevada Mentor Training Program will help strengthen Reclaim Your Future’s goals by providing trained adults that are concerned with the future of our children. Through nurture, attention, guidance and support, trained and qualified mentors can really make a difference in the life of a high school student.”
The Nevada Mentor Training Program is one more way Vegas PBS is helping address the dropout crisis through its American Graduate initiative. Launched in March of 2012, Vegas PBS “American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen” is a national public media initiative supported in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to help Las Vegas and other communities across America address the high school dropout crisis. Vegas PBS was selected as one of 20 public media and television stations around the country working directly with their communities to provide solutions to the dropout crisis. Vegas PBS and its American Graduate project partners have developed media across several platforms (TV, radio and online) and community engagement efforts designed to raise public awareness and offer solutions to increase local high school graduation rates. A multifaceted approach for a multifaceted issue, American Graduate reaches diverse audiences impacted by the dropout crisis: students, parents, teachers, administrators, business interests, community and service organizations, media and government entities.
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