Communities In Schools of Houston will be featured as a special guest along with Alief ISD and Spring Branch ISD on PBS Saturday, September 22nd. The featured spotlights are to kick off the American Graduate Day Outreach efforts. American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen is a public media initiative supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting – to help students stay on the path to high school graduation and future success.
The interview with Alief ISD’s Susan Castro, Director of Public Relations will air 12:20 pm, while the interview with Linda Buchman from the Spring Branch SpringBoard Mentoring program is slated for 12:50 pm.
American Graduate Day will be broadcast from Lincoln Center in NYC, and will kick off a week of American Graduate related programming airing on public television stations nationally. Houston’s local Channel 8 will feature seven minute segments each spotlighting a community partner, selected based on strong track-records of engaging at-risk youth and supporting drop-out prevention in the community. CIS is one of the featured seven minute segments, with interviews by Channel 8’s Ernie Manouse. A phone bank will receive calls all day from anyone interested in mentoring who calls the national mentoring database hotline. Subsequently, a report will be sent to CIS reporting the interested mentors and they will be redirected to the appropriate district.
In addition, two CIS Alums, Tristan Love and Izzy G. Anderson have been interviewed along with their mentors to share their mentoring experience. Both interviews highlight CIS’ involvement with each alum and how the mentoring relationship came to fruition because of CIS’ presence in their lives.
Tristan and CIS Board member/mentor Pat Rosenberg’s interview’s will also air on Saturday as well as Izzy’s interview, which includes her mentors Kathy Patrick and Barrett Reasoner, partners of Gibbs & Bruns LLP.