Community Champion: Tiffany Withers

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Tiffany Withers, Community Champion, is a special education teacher at Brandon Middle School, teaching 7th and 8th grade special education classes.

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2016 CIKI Ambassadors' Training

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After an intense recruitment process, Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) launched its first Can I Kick It? Ambassadors' Training. In an effort to increase Mississippi’s overall graduation rate, MPB is starting a new peer-to-peer initiative which is designed to offer a youth-led approach.

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Community Champion: Marc Fomby

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Marc Fomby is a Certified Prevention Specialist and the founding CEO of FTC Prevention Services, LLC in Pearl, Mississippi. He is our February Community Champion.

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Community Champion: John Neal

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John Neal serves as the Associate Superintendent of Community Relations and Dropout Prevention for the Hinds County School District, and is MPB's Community Champion for January 2016.

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2015 American Graduate Summit

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Check out photos from our American Graduate Summit 2015. Speakers included a Keynote Address by Dr. Steve Perry (drsteveperry.org), and luncheon speaker State Superintendent of Education for Mississippi, Dr. Carey Wright.

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CIKI: Ballin

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JD doesn't think he needs good grades in order to make the basketball team. When he tries out for the team he realizes he needs to make good grades and hang out with the right crowd in order to be successful.

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Dr. Eric Clark: Our November American Graduate Champion

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Few people in Mississippi have been as committed to education as Dr. Eric Clark. That's why we've chosen Dr. Eric Clark as our November American Graduate Champion.

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CIKI: The Chosen One

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1 in 5 students or 15% to 20% of the population have a language based learning disability. In this video from the 2015 "Can I Kick It?": Youth Movement Through Media Institute, Ashton reaches out for help when he realizes that he is struggling to read and his grades are dropping.

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CIKI: Marco

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Nothing seems to be going right in Marco's life. He is struggling in school, he seems distracted lately and his parents are getting a divorce. Then Marco loses someone close to him. He realizes that he has to push forward and do better for him. He turns his life around.

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American Graduate Day 2015

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A few photos from our live interview during American Graduate Day 2015, that aired on PBS stations across the country. MPB's Desare Frazier interviewed Tonya Hays, director of the WINGS Performing Arts Program at the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center and Brandon Spann a senior at Gulfport High School.

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Past Is Present

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This video comes from a group of students that participated in the, 2015 "Can I Kick It?": Youth Movement Through Media Institute. In the video "Past Is Present," using a poem, a group of students shed light on police brutality and inequality in the U.S. today. Using footage from the civil rights movement, the students showed how present events mirror those from the past.

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American Graduate Day 2015

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On Saturday, October 3rd, from 10 am to 5 pm, MPB is joining stations from across the country, to raise awareness about the incredible work being done by community leaders, educators and youth, to keep kids in school.

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October Champion: Josh Davis

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Josh Davis, MPB's October American Graduate Champion, has worked with Delta Health Alliance (DHA) as Vice President of External Affairs providing fundraising and management of federally funded programs since 2010.

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September American Graduate Champion: Amber May

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The American Graduate Champion for September is Amber May, Programs Director at Operation Shoestring in Jackson, MS and 2014-2015 Afterschool Alliance Ambassador for Mississippi.

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Student Showcase

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The students of the American Graduate Youth Media Summer Institute showcase the 4 films they’ve worked on producing the past 3 weeks.

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