A Graduation Season to Remember

As the 2013 spring graduation season comes to a close, here is a wrap-up of some of the featured coverage the graduates and the Foundation received. Simon Youth Academy graduations were featured on several media outlets throughout the nation. As a result of SYF’s work, partner school districts are seeing increases in graduation rates, communities are finding better prepared and skilled graduates for employment, and more students extending their educational journey to post-secondary institutions.  

The 10,000th graduate of Simon Youth Academies was the biggest story of the graduation season. The surprise celebration event was covered by all major San Antonio TV outlets including Fox 29 News KABB-FOX during two newscasts, Eyewitness News KENS-CBS, Noticero 41 KWEX-UNIVISION, and News 4 San Antonio WOAI-NBC. See the coverage at:

Simon Youth Academy Class of 2013 

From FOX 29 Lake Charles, LA

The Lake Charles, Louisiana FOX TV affiliate channel 29 had a two minute piece on the local impact of the Simon Youth Academy at Prien Lake Mall’s graduation. The package featured students talking about their excitement for the future and the administrator Kenny Brown explaining why the Academy is important to the community. Watch the story.

High School Students Given a Second Chance to Graduate
From News 5 Nashville, TN

News Channel 5 in Nashville covered graduations at Simon Youth Academy at Hickory Hollow, Simon Youth Academy at Old Cockrill, and Simon Youth Academy at Opry Mills in Nashville, Tennessee. The piece gave a nice overview of how these SYF Academies are impacting individual students and the local area. Watch the story.

Peabody Learning Academy Graduates 50th Student This Year
From Peabody Patch, Peabody, PA

The Peabody Patch has featured many articles about the Simon Youth Peabody Learning Academy at Northshore Mall including this great piece about the graduation and scholarship presentation. This most recent piece highlighted the successes of 2012-13, including the graduation in late May.

Read the story.
View the pictures.

Simon Youth Pacers Academy celebrates 48 new graduates [LINK TO ONLINE ARTICLE AND PDF OF PRINT ARTICLE] From Indianapolis Star online AND Indianapolis Star Print, Indianapolis, IN

The Simon Youth Pacers Academy at Washington Square Mall was featured in a picture slide show and article on indystar.com, and followed the next day with a cover story in the Metro News section. Being featured in a Thursday newspaper is ideal timing as more than 400,000 subscriptions are for the Thursday and Sunday only package. Read the story.

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