"The Graduates, Pt. 1" on Independent Lens airs Monday at 9 pm

Sep 20, 2013

This two-part special examines the many roots of the Latino dropout crisis through the eyes of six inspiring young students who are part of an ongoing effort to increase graduation rates for a growing Latino population. These student profiles offer a first-hand perspective on the challenges facing many Latino high school students, including over-crowded schools, crime-ridden neighborhoods, teen pregnancy and pressure to contribute to the family finances.

"The Graduates, Pt. 1" on Independent Lens can be seen on Monday, October 28th at 9:00 p.m. channels 3 and 3-1.

During PBS’ INDEPENDENT LENS “The Graduates/Los Graduados” session at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, August 7, 2013, featured students Eduardo Corona and Chastity Salas, actors Aimee Garcia and Wilmer Valderrama, executive producer Bernardo Ruiz and senior series producer Lois Vossen discuss the Latino dropout crisis and the ongoing effort to increase graduation rates.