American Graduate Day 2016 is broadcast live from New York City and airs on public television stations across the country on Saturday, September 17 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET (check local listings) and on Facebook and americangraduate.org.
Hosted by Soledad O’Brien, the annual event features leading education, media, and celebrity figures who will share inspiring stories of those who help to close the graduation gap. This year the show is focusing on mentoring relationships that help students—which is why they picked Pooja and Rae to tell their story of how their relationship at Girl Scouts helped Pooja achieve amazing things.
Pooja met Rae through Girl Scouts when she was in the sixth grade. Rae served as both a role model and supporter for Pooja, encouraging her to follow her interest in math and martial arts— and to dream big! Rae also encouraged Pooja to reach for leadership, something that hadn’t been part of Pooja’s previous experience. She helped Pooja pursue courses in engineering and, ultimately, apply to the electrical engineering and computer science program at the University of California, Berkeley, where only 7 percent of students are females—and to which Pooja was accepted.
Tune in to find out more about their wonderful story. You’ll learn how mentoring helped Pooja, and how being part of Girl Scouts can help girls!
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American Graduate Day is part of American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen—a public media initiative supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help more kids stay on the path to graduation.