Become an American Graduate Champion

Champions are needed to commit their time, skills and resources to help youth succeed. A Champion is a caring adult, friend, mentor or role model who helps youth of any age see their potential and develop a love for learning that could have tremendous impact on their future.

Champions can be a parent, teacher, volunteer, coach, neighbor or friend.

Our goal is to improve the educational and career outcomes for youth – a 90% graduation rate by 2020: Let’s Make It Happen.


We invite our partners to be involved:

As a connector. Introduce us to resources, organizations and businesses willing to help us promote and move the mission of American Graduate: Getting to Work forward.

As an amplifier. Share our videos and posts via your social media and website to increase our reach throughout Hampton Roads.

As a funder. Enable WHRO to bring this important and critically needed program to Hampton Roads youth, parents, teachers, veterans, counselors and leaders of business and manufacturing.

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Get in touch to learn more.


Call: 757-889-9415 

American Graduate Champions' Stories

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Virginia's Governor Terry McAuliffe is an American Graduate Champion.
His support of WHRO’s production of Work Readiness Modules to be offered in Spring of 2015 through will help more young adults to be better prepared for graduation and entering the






Becca Parks
Becca Parks’ main role is directing Alaska’s FIRST Robotics program and the statewide program now includes over 200 teams and 400 volunteers. She also teaches Juneau Girl Scouts, coordinates science camps and organized “Girls Rock Science!” 

David Sommer
Mr. Sommer holds his students to high expectations and teaches valuable life skills through the arts.


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