On June 29 more than 100 people met for a World Café Event at the Mid Region Council of Governments for a special community screening of Chasing the Dream: Building Family Assets.
The screening was followed by dinner and then two round table sessions comprised largely of young people paired with experienced facilitators to discuss the systemic issues facing youth in terms of poverty, economic opportunities, and other challenges. To extend the conversation, the second round table focused on identifying existing and emerging opportunities aimed at improving these issues, and several solutions were identified by youth participants ranging from political reform, to support for community organizations, to engaging with local businesses as a means of improving economic opportunities for youth.
As part of a multi-platform public media initiative, Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America provides a deeper understanding of the impact of poverty on American society. Major funding for this initiative is provided by The JPB Foundation. Additional funding is provided by Ford Foundation.