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American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, CPT12 Special Presentation; CPT12 to air a special addressing the dropout crisis in Colorado


November 9, 2011
Contact:               Pamela Osborne, CPT12
                            303-296-1212; posborne@cpt12.org
                            Tina Cartagena, jazz89 KUVO/KVJZ
                            303-480-9272; tina@kV.org

American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, CPT12 Special Presentation

Colorado Public Television to air a special addressing the dropout crisis ?in Colorado on November 16th at 7 p.m.

Denver, CO – On November 16th at 7 p.m., Colorado Public Television is proud to premiere “American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, A CPT12 Special Presentation.” Hosted by Tamara Banks (CPT12) and Nathan Heffel, The Takeaway Host/Producer Denver (jazz89 KUVO/KVJZ), the one hour special spotlights the dropout crisis in Colorado; dissecting the issue both locally and nationally and providing information on creative solutions and resources available to students and their families.

Guests include a variety of experts on this crisis:

  • Colorado Representative Jared Polis
  • Peter Fritz (Colorado Department of Education, Office of Dropout Prevention & Awareness)
  • Nicole Avant Henry (Aurora Central High School Counselor)
  • Steve Dobo (Founder & CEO, Colorado Youth for a Change)
  • David Brown (Principal, The Academy of Urban Learning)
  • Mike Clem (Denver Public School’s Online High School)
  • Robert Ham (Marketing Manager, Urban Peak)
  • Stephanie Sanchez (Director, Colorado 2-1-1 Call Center Operations)
  • Cindi Bush-Luna (Principal, The Colorado High School Charter)

In addition, Colorado Public Television has produced five short PSA-style messages that will air on CPT12.1 and 12.2 at various times of day, between programs. Also designed to be mobile for social media and web distribution, the focus for these pieces is the dropout crisis and specifically its effect on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) kids.

The original content was produced as a result of a grant awarded to Channel 12 from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Colorado Public Television is part of a network of 61 public television and radio markets across the country working on creating awareness of the dropout crisis from a variety of perspectives.

The program airs on November 16 at 7 p.m. with an encore at 9 p.m., with the program available in its entirety online after it airs. A preview of the upcoming special presentation is available online now. For more information visit cpt12.org.

About Colorado Public Television – CPT12 (formerly KBDI)
Colorado Public Television, celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2010, has set itself apart with carriage of an unparalleled amount of local public affairs programming. Channel 12’s "community voice" programming engages viewers in community-based discussions of state, national and global issues. The station delivers three digital channels: its flagship main broadcast signal with a strong mix of local, national and international programming (12.1); the best of independently produced documentaries, music, travel, exercise, cooking, public affairs and more (12.2); and MHz Worldview, a channel providing international news from five continents and diverse cultural perspectives for a globally minded audience (12.3).

World View – Community Voice

About jazz89 KUVO/KVJZ
KUVO Denver/KVJZ Vail is a Colorado 501(c)(3) non-profit organization broadcasting Jazz, Blues and Latin Jazz since 1985. Licensed to Denver Educational Broadcasting, Inc., KUVO is one of just a handful of Jazz radio stations left in the U.S. and is recognized internationally for excellence. Affiliated with National Public Radio and Public Radio International, KUVO studios are in the historic Five Points District of Denver.

About American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen
American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen is a public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to help local communities across the country address the dropout crisis. CPB, in partnership with America’s Promise Alliance and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is working with public media stations in 20 “Hub Markets” where the dropout crisis is most acute to raise awareness of the issue and coordinate action with community partners - all with the goal of helping students stay on course to graduate from high school.


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