The National Federation of Community Broadcasters is launching a campaign to lower the dropout rate. It has chosen six member stations to kickstart the effort.
The program’s pilot stations are WVAS(FM), Montgomery, Ala.; KPFT(FM), Houston; KUNM(FM), Albuquerque, N.M.; KUFW(FM), Visalia, Calif.; KWSO(FM), Warm Springs, Ore.; and KSJD(FM), Mancos, Colo.
According to a press release, these were chosen for their connection to the community, desire to become involved and history of broadcasting content on the dropout crisis. Statistics from the announcement stated that three out of ten students do not graduate.
Pilot stations will be tasked with the creation of related broadcast content and events, and will work with young people and organizations in search of solutions. The NFCB’s Community Broadcasters Engagement and Dropout Campaign is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Representatives from each of the stations will attend sessions, led by the National Center for Media Engagement, at this year’s NFCB Community Radio Conference in San Francisco. Stations will present on what they’ve achieved and milestones in their progress. The NCME will provide consulting services to the stations throughout the development of their programs.