Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America

Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America A public media initiative from WNET in New York reporting on the people, policy, issues and solutions surrounding poverty and opportunity in America.

Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America is WNET’s multi-platform public media Initiative that aims to provide a deeper understanding of the impact of poverty on American society: what life is like below the poverty line, its impact on our economic security and on our children, and what has happened to our age-old dream of striving for a better life. We’ll also highlight solutions: what has worked – and what is working to bring people out of poverty – and what lessons we can and must learn for the future. Chasing the Dream news reports can be found online and on air on PBS NewsHour Weekend, MetroFocus, Long Island Business Report and NJTV News. The initiative will also include a signature nationally distributed one-hour documentary that will focus on one or more of the promises, pitfalls, and/or paradoxes in the search for the American dream and in-depth reporting on the ongoing economic challenges of Atlantic City as it struggles with the implosion of its casino industry and the loss of more than 8,000 jobs. Major funding for this initiative is provided by The JPB Foundation. Additional funding is provided by Ford Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Mission: A public media initiative from WNET in NY reporting on poverty in America -- the deep impacts and promising solutions.

Who is Robert F. Smith, the man behind the pledge to eliminate the student loans of the Morehouse College Class of 2019?...
05/20/2019

Who is Robert F. Smith, the man behind the pledge to eliminate the student loans of the Morehouse College Class of 2019? Learn more about him and other black entrepreneurs in the PBS/Thirteen WNET New York film "BOSS: The Black Experience in Business." Now streaming: bit.ly/BOSSpbs

Would you want your, or your child's, college application process to include an "adversity" score?  [via PBS NewsHour]
05/18/2019
To account for hardship, College Board adds 'adversity' score to SAT tests

Would you want your, or your child's, college application process to include an "adversity" score? [via PBS NewsHour]

"This is a tool designed for admission officers to view a student's academic accomplishment in the context of where they live and learn," said a spokeswoman for the College Board.

It's graduation season -- what should today’s graduating high school seniors know about life after high school? We wan...
05/16/2019

It's graduation season -- what should today’s graduating high school seniors know about life after high school? We want to share your thoughts with the class of 2019:

"I wasn't satisfied hearing one side of things, even if it was the side I agreed with," says recent Williams College gra...
05/15/2019
What happens if you're "uncensored" as a Black man on an elite campus?

"I wasn't satisfied hearing one side of things, even if it was the side I agreed with," says recent Williams College grad Zachary Wood. [MetroFocus]

At 22, Zachary Wood shares his “Uncensored” thoughts on race, poverty, abuse and the possibility of dissent in higher education on MetroFocus.

The largest provider of shelters to families in NYC explains why homelessness is on the rise. [MetroFocus]
05/14/2019
What is behind New York City's growing homelessness crisis?

The largest provider of shelters to families in NYC explains why homelessness is on the rise. [MetroFocus]

Our partners at MetroFocus talk to Christine Quinn, the president and CEO of the largest provider of shelters to families in New York city.

In the conversation around college food insecurity, we often forget the compounding effects of unemployment and student ...
05/13/2019
The costs of college food insecurity go beyond the campus

In the conversation around college food insecurity, we often forget the compounding effects of unemployment and student debt after graduation. [Amanpour and Company]

While in school, students struggling financially can't pay for the basic necessities. If they drop out, they may face student debt and unemployment.

Because we should be supporting mothers every day of the year. Happy Mother's Day 🌷
05/12/2019
Five ways we can make the country better for moms this Mother's Day

Because we should be supporting mothers every day of the year. Happy Mother's Day 🌷

BY: Nina Joung This Mother’s Day, we’re presenting our top five stories about supporting mothers across the country. 1. Encourage them to pursue their #EverydayHustle to make ends meet. Cecilia Brentlinger came from Peru as a single mother, saw the female taxi drivers going across Time Square an...

"In neighborhoods like South Park, white residents are changing not only the racial mix of the community; they are also ...
05/10/2019
The Neighborhood Is Mostly Black. The Home Buyers Are Mostly White.

"In neighborhoods like South Park, white residents are changing not only the racial mix of the community; they are also altering the economics of the real estate beneath everyone." [via The New York Times]

Nationwide, the arrival of white homeowners in places they’ve long avoided is jolting the economics of the land beneath everyone.

We need to stop focusing on the uber privileged and better support the "privileged poor", according to assistant profess...
05/09/2019
Who Are "The Privileged Poor" Among Today's College Students?

We need to stop focusing on the uber privileged and better support the "privileged poor", according to assistant professor at Harvard University Anthony Jack. [MetroFocus]

Anthony Jack has witnessed the challenging binary that low-income students at elite colleges experience as part of what he called "the privileged poor."

05/08/2019
When Should I Tip?

When (and how much) to tip when is not always obvious! Get some help from Two Cents • PBS!

"The poor experience these two extremes — hypervisibility and invisibility — while often lacking the agency or resou...
05/03/2019
Opinion | The Devastating Consequences of Being Poor in the Digital Age

"The poor experience these two extremes — hypervisibility and invisibility — while often lacking the agency or resources to challenge unfair outcomes." [via The New York Times]

When someone who is living paycheck to paycheck falls victim to an online fraud or a breach, the cascade of repercussions can be devastating.

05/02/2019
How mental health affects homelessness (Chapter 3/5)

Bill is a man of family and faith. But a devastating loss led to a long battle with addiction. This is his second chance.

This episode of "Getting Off the Streets" is in contention to win a New York Emmy Award this Saturday!

Fifteen Chinese Americans, many of whom worked in factories in the garment industry, shared their stories with us. Happy...
05/01/2019
We Built New York: Honoring Chinese Workers

Fifteen Chinese Americans, many of whom worked in factories in the garment industry, shared their stories with us. Happy May Day and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!

We Built New York: Honoring Chinese Workers Between the 1970s and the 1980s, a wave of Chinese workers immigrated to the United States, in hopes of building a better life for themselves and their children. The hardships they faced were challenging and unexpected. Using photographs and first person s...

Whether you're hitting hard times or just trying to cut back, these lessons are key. [via Next Avenue]
04/30/2019
The seven life lessons I've learned living on $3 a day

Whether you're hitting hard times or just trying to cut back, these lessons are key. [via Next Avenue]

There are millions of older adults who are economically insecure with some either living at, or below, 250 percent of the federal poverty level.

04/27/2019
Sal Khan on Education for All

Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy, talks the recent college admissions scandal, the national teachers strike, and his thoughts on nationwide testing with Amanpour and Company.
Full conversation here: to.pbs.org/2Vn7q4Z

Black economic growth wasn't always rewarded. "BOSS: The Black Experience in Business" airs tomorrow night at 8|7c on PB...
04/22/2019

Black economic growth wasn't always rewarded. "BOSS: The Black Experience in Business" airs tomorrow night at 8|7c on PBS: pbs.org/wnet/boss/
[Thirteen WNET New York]

04/20/2019
FEMALE CANNABIS PIONEERS

Yup. It's 4/20 today. But for a mother and her daughters, it's just another day havesting marijuana and growing their business.

04/19/2019
CASH BAIL BURDEN

Cash bail favors those who can afford it, often leaving low-income and minority people in jail for misdemeanor crimes. Can a new law change that? [via MetroFocus]

04/18/2019
MINORITY POT-TREPRENEURS

"We know that cannibis is going to be a money maker. It needs to be a money maker for those who have been disenfranchised by it" - Martissa Williams, a minority entrepreneur, looks at business opportunities within marijuana legalization.

The college admission scandal exposed one extreme among the student population. But what about the low-income students a...
04/16/2019
Who Are"The Privileged Poor" Among Today's College Students?

The college admission scandal exposed one extreme among the student population. But what about the low-income students at these elite schools?

Anthony Jack has witnessed the challenging binary that low-income students at elite colleges experience as part of what he called "the privileged poor."

Happy Tax Day? For the people who rely on the extra income of tax returns, this tax season was particularly rough.
04/15/2019
How The "#TaxScam" Hurts Lower, Middle Class People

Happy Tax Day? For the people who rely on the extra income of tax returns, this tax season was particularly rough.

A recent change in tax refund policy has derailed many taxpayers' financial plans -- and they have been anything but quiet about it.

Surprisingly, researchers found that the more aid a county receives from FEMA, the more inequality increases. [via PBS N...
04/12/2019
How natural disasters can increase inequality

Surprisingly, researchers found that the more aid a county receives from FEMA, the more inequality increases. [via PBS NewsHour]

A report from the Urban Institute shows that low-income Americans experience the biggest drop in their credit scores following “medium-sized” disasters.

Some students are opting out of the college pipeline for lucrative opportunities *on* the pipeline. [via PBS NewsHour's ...
04/10/2019
Can West Virginia's pipeline jobs keep youth in the state?

Some students are opting out of the college pipeline for lucrative opportunities *on* the pipeline. [via PBS NewsHour's Student Reporting Labs]

There are thousands of jobs in the oil and gas industry in West Virginia and the recent growth in natural gas pipeline construction is giving young West Virginians economic incentive to stay in the state. But as Student Reporting Labs' Alia King reports, some are concerned the boom will eventually c...

In addition to race, the wage gap for women also depends on the type of job -- and it’s probably exactly the opposite ...
04/09/2019
What women, employers and the government can do about the gender pay gap

In addition to race, the wage gap for women also depends on the type of job -- and it’s probably exactly the opposite way you think. [via Next Avenue]

While the wage gap may not vanish anytime soon, there are steps that women, employers and the government could take to lessen the disparity.

04/08/2019
Frances Perez-Rodriguez and La Finca del Sur

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York, Frances Perez-Rodriguez brings her lineage to an urban farming cooperative led by Black and Latina women of the South Bronx. [via Nexus Media News]

04/06/2019
EDUCATION SEGREGATION

Out of 895 slots to attend prestigious Stuyvesant High School, only 7 Black and 21 Hispanic #students were accepted. MetroFocus asks New York School Talk why:

A change in how Social Security benefits are calculated can move 238,000 out of poverty in the next 30 years. [via Next ...
04/04/2019
This Social Security Fix Can Help the Poorest Retirees

A change in how Social Security benefits are calculated can move 238,000 out of poverty in the next 30 years. [via Next Avenue] to.pbs.org/2VfFOvC

Is it time to change the program's cost-of-living adjustment formula?

These four men got a rare second chance at life. Now, their story has a chance to be recognized. VOTE at The Webby Award...
04/03/2019

These four men got a rare second chance at life. Now, their story has a chance to be recognized. VOTE at The Webby Awards: wbby.co/vote-vid50

Watch the series: to.pbs.org/2Up4FQs

03/31/2019
What Are The Most Lucrative Trades?

With college tuition skyrocketing, trade or vocational school can be a lucrative alternative to a four-year degree. But which trades offer the most bang for your buck?

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