Become a Champion

An American Graduate Champion is anyone who commits their time, skills, and resources to help youth succeed. 

A Champion is a caring adult, friend, mentor, 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 play an active role in improving the educational and career outcomes for youth and can be: a parent, teacher, volunteer, coach, neighbor or even a friend.  

That is our goal, we are American Graduate, 90% graduation rate by 2020: Let’s Make it Happen.

Nominate an American Graduate Champion and tell their story, click here.
 For more information on American Graduate Champions contact Nancy Rogan at 757-889-9415 or

Be an American Graduate Champion

  • Mentor, tutor, read, support, or coach a young person
  • Connect with community-based organization to find out how you can help
  • Recruit others to become champions.

Local Resources 

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 workforce

Usher and LeBron James  are American Graduate Champions
Both Usher and LeBron James are working to help youth succeed.  Learn more.


CAP Mentors
CAP Mentors work one-on-one with students to increase academic and social competency and to enhance opportunities for academic challenge. They provide support and encouragement, help students discover and build upon their individual strengths, and affirm student’s ability to shape their own futures. Watch Now


Blue Ox School

One very unique program is the Blue Ox School at the Blue Ox Millworks. Blue Ox School is an alternative high school program made possible by a partnership between the Blue Ox Millworks & Historic Park and the Humboldt County Office of Education. At Blue Ox School, students get a regular high school curriculum with a full component of hands-on projects and creative learning opportunities. Blue Ox students earn their high school diploma while participating in a family environment, creating original works of art, building feelings of self-accomplishment, and learning valuable skills that will be of use to them in all walks of life. Watch Now


Robert O'Donnell
Robert O'Donnell teaches sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade science at Christa McAuliffe School #28 in the Jersey City School District. His students get hands-on science experience as they work to transform an abandoned local reservoir into an urban oasis and environmental learning center, educating the wider community in the process. Through his commitment to increasing scientific literacy, Project Reservoir has become a nationally recognized program that has helped boost achievement at Christa McAuliffe School–PS 28, where about 75% of students are Hispanic and about 83% are considered economically disadvantaged. Watch Now


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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