KNME has been awarded a $210,000 grant from the Corporation For Public Broadcasting (CPB). The grant will be used to raise public awareness about causes and costs of the dropout crisis and engage leaders, educators, families and youth to find and implement solutions.

KNME will collaborate with a number of committed nonprofit organizations in Bernalillo County area middle school and afterschool programs. KNME will create, broadcast and distribute multi-platform local and national news and public affairs content created to raise awareness of the dropout crisis and its impact on communities.

As part of the American Graduate project, KNME plans to convene at least one educator town hall to advance the national conversation around the dropout crisis, its impact on children, communities and the country, and ways to address it.

The town hall conversation will be focused on teachers' role in this national conversation—their views and experiences in relation to the dropout crisis and education. This town hall is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

KNME's plans include development of an extensive marketing campaign to include English and Spanish radio and print, and a series of spots to run on all four KNME channels. These spots will include education tips, success stories, resources and awareness sending people to for more information.

A special hub web portal will be created in to aggregate educational resources, tips, media, video and family support information to improve graduation outcomes for local students.

One of KNME's key partners is Generation Justice. Generation Justice will work with Albuquerque Public Schools to create youth generated media and provide educational mentorship to middle school students.

KUNM-FM (UNM's NPR radio station) and Generation Justice are partners committed to the dropout initiative. Generation Justice, established in 2005 as the KUNM Youth Radio Project will recruit and train youth to develop blogs, vlogs, video. They will mentor students at Jackson Middle School. Their student reporters will provide PBS New Hour with stories covering the project and educator town halls.

For more information, contact Evy Todd or call 505-277-1218.