Dropping Back In gatheringOrganizations across Kentucky are working to keep young people engaged and in school and to reengage those who have dropped out. KET is proud to join with these groups and recognize them as KET American Graduate Partners.

KET American Graduate Partners will be listed here, along with a brief description and a link to your website. We hope this site will connect prospective volunteers, mentors, and tutors with like-minded organizations.

If you would like to be recognized as an American Graduate partner, please email with information about your organization, a link to your homepage, and contact information.  For all new partners, KET will donate a small collection of books in your name to an early childcare center of your choice.

Our Partners

The Kentucky CenterThe Kentucky Center Artsreach  Celebrating its 25th anniversary, The Kentucky Center ArtsReach empowers community centers to program the arts; nurtures and develops diverse artists and audiences; engages youth; and creates community through the arts. Learn more at Find us on Facebook at

Family and Children's PlaceThe PAL Coalition  works with communities, private nonprofit agencies, and federal, state and local governments to reduce substance abuse by young people living in the 7th Street corridor – Park Hill, Algonquin, and Old Louisville – of Central Louisville.

PAL, a Drug Free Communities grant program sponsored by SAMSHA, the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, engages young people in substance abuse prevention and works to bridge gaps between community, school, and home life. It is housed and partnered with Family & Children’s Place. Learn more at the Family & Children’s Place website or by calling 502-855-6048.

Muhammad Ali CenterThe Muhammad Ali Center  is a multicultural center based in Louisville with an award-winning museum dedicated to the life of Muhammad Ali. The Center museum captures the inspiration derived from the story of Muhammad Ali's life and the six core principles that have fueled his journey. The mission of the Muhammad Ali Center is to preserve and share the legacy and ideals of Muhammad Ali, to promote respect, hope, and understanding, and to inspire adults and children everywhere to be as great as they can be. Learn more.

ACE Mentor ProgramACE Mentor Louisville  aims to engage, excite, and enlighten high school students, encouraging them to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, and construction through mentoring and supporting their continued advancement in the industry. Practicing professionals work with young people to give them insights into these occupations.

Watch this American Graduate Champions video, which features Louisville architect Greg Buccola mentoring Iroquois High School students as they build an amphitheater and visits an alum of the program, Juan Micah Quinland, a University of Louisville engineering student. Buccola and Flood Protection Manager Daren Thompson say there is a tremendous need for talented tradespeople in the construction industry—carpenters, welders, pipe fitters, etc. – which is what drew them to the ACE Mentor Program. Visit the ACE Mentor website.

Girl Scouts of KentuckianaGirl Scouts is the premier leadership organization for girls in grades K-12. Throughout 64 counties in Kentucky and southern Indiana, Girl Scouts encourages girls to discover, connect, and take action in their communities and the world. Girl Scouts is helping young girls across Kentuckiana by providing them the tools they need to reach their fullest potential, helping them build leadership skills, understand the value of teamwork, and explore the world of STEM subjects. Learn more at the Kentuckiana Girl Scouts website.

KY Adult EducationKentucky Adult Education  funds adult education programs in all 120 counties of Kentucky to improve individuals’ academic skills so that they may earn GED® diplomas, prepare for college or training, and/or improve employment opportunities. Visit the website for information about local adult education programs.

Louisville Free Public LibraryThe Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL)  established in 1908, is the largest public library system in Kentucky with 17 branch locations in addition to the Main Library. More than 2,000 free programs, classes and workshops offered by the library each year promote the exchange of ideas and development of practical skills. From ACT practice exams to toddler storytimes to computer classes for seniors, the library offers programs for all ages. The Authors at the Library Series attracts hundreds to the library to hear presentations from bestselling authors. Another popular new event is the annual How-To Festival, a day-long educational celebration featuring short “how-to” sessions teaching practical skills. And the library’s Short Courses and Fast Classes offer opportunities for the community to learn from college-level instructors. In addition, don’t forget about LFPL’s physical and electronic resources—including audiobooks, eBooks, and eMagazines.  And whether you want to learn how to design a website or learn about your family tree, LFPL has you covered with the right tools to teach you the skills you need. Learn more about the library’s resources and upcoming programs by visiting and sign up for their newsletter at

KentuckianaWorks LogoKentuckianaWorks, an agency of Louisville Metro Government, is the Workforce Investment Board for the Greater Louisville region consisting of Jefferson, Bullitt, Henry, Oldham, Spencer, Shelby and Trimble counties. KentuckianaWorks oversees the region's system of Kentucky Career Centers where job seekers can find jobs and education and training opportunities and apply for unemployment insurance. The KentuckianaWorks website offers resources and services for job seekers as well as information and data on such topics as job trends and the Louisville regional labor market. Through its Kentucky Youth Career Centers in Bullitt, Jefferson, and Shelby counties, KentuckianaWorks serves young adults in the seven-county region, ages 16-21 who have dropped out of school, attain their GED® credentials, get skills training, find financial assistance for postsecondary education and training, and find employment. Kentucky Career Centers in the KentuckianaWorks region also help employers meet their workforce needs by linking them with qualified employees. Learn more about Kentuckiana Works in this interview with Michael Gritton.
55,000 Degrees55,000 Degrees is a public-private partnership launched in October 2010 with the goal to increase education attainment in Louisville, Kentucky by 55,000 postsecondary degrees by 2020. The organization’s website offers a wealth of information, data, and opportunities for individuals and organizations to become involved. Also visit Destination: Degree, an interactive tool with local resources for all learners to complete a college degree.  Learn more about 55,000 Degrees in this interview with Mary Gwen Wheeler.

LouisvilleKY.govOffice for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods Mayor's OfficeThe Vision of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods is for Louisville to be a city of safe neighborhoods, where all citizens feel secure, supported and prepared for lifelong success.

Metro United Way Metro United Way is a member of the national system of volunteers, contributors, and local charities helping people in their own communities. The organization’s mission is to improve lives and our community by engaging people to give, advocate, and volunteer.

Teach For AmericaTeach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. Since 2011, Teach For America has placed over 65 corps members in public schools throughout eastern Kentucky, serving over 10,000 students and helping them blaze a trail to college and career readiness. Nationwide, 10,600 corps members are teaching in 50 urban and rural regions across the country while more than 37,000 alumni work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.

Gear Up KentuckyThe Kentucky College & Career Outreach Coalition was formed in April 2014 to align, enhance, and expand college and career outreach efforts statewide. More than 30 organizations are working together to increase participation in college and career awareness activities and use of college and career information resources; expand professional development and technical assistance opportunities for outreach professionals; and to increase collaboration among outreach providers. Families interested in learning more about postsecondary opportunities and resources can visit Gear Up Kentucky.

Jefferson Co. Public SchoolsJefferson County Public Schools Adult and Continuing Education provides community members with the opportunity to increase their educational attainment, thereby empowering them to become stronger parents and role models. The Adult Basic Education program enables students to upgrade their skills, earn a GED® credential, and successfully transition to postsecondary education and/or the workplace. Free morning, afternoon, and evening classes are held at sites throughout Jefferson County. The Lifelong Learning program also works with area businesses to customize classes to meet specific needs of the organization and staff.  Please call (502) 485-3400 for more information or visit
Jefferson Co. Public SchoolsJefferson County Public Schools exists to provide relevant, comprehensive, quality instruction in order to educate, prepare, and inspire our students to learn. The district serves more than 100,000 students in Louisville/Jefferson County. Learn more about JCPS.
NCFL LogoNCFL exists to create a culture of family engagement across the educational spectrum. NCFL is always working to strengthen and broaden our approaches to family literacy, building on advancements in education and technology as well as the changing needs of families. Our dedication to working with community partners is at the heart of NCFL's mission. We have developed model programs and innovative laboratories that have become recognized as leaders in intergenerational education approaches. Watch how an NCFL early childhood educator uses dialogic reading to help a 5-year-old enjoy a book.
Family Scholar House logoFamily Scholar House is changing lives, families and communities through education. Its mission is to end the cycle of poverty and transform the community by empowering families and youth to succeed in education and achieve life-long self-sufficiency. FSH provides supportive housing and vital educational and family services including academic advising and case management for single parents seeking college degrees and their children. The organization believes education is necessary to lift families permanently from the intergenerational poverty and homelessness that thwarts self-sufficiency. In 2014, through its full continuum of care, Family Scholar House served 2,479 families with 3,952 children and 198 babies on the way. Services were provided by a small paid staff of 12 full-time employees along with a wonderful corps of volunteers numbering 884 individuals. FSH has the capacity to house 215 families and assist 939 families through a pre-residential program and 41 families through post program support. To date, FSH participants have earned 186 degrees including a Ph.D. and a J.D.  FSH is also seeing an increase in the number of single fathers seeking assistance through their programs. Learn more at Watch an interview with Cathe Dykstra.

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