Local Teacher Shares ‘Journey Home’ Game

As part of a Spring 2018 Binghamton University Elementary Education Curriculum Development course, Dr. Jenny Gordon assigned graduate students to craft a board game for use in a classroom. Then-student Alisha Jermayne Merrill created ‘Journey Home’, an immersive Social Studies game for grades 3-5 that focuses on Native American cultures. Ms. Merrill drew from her own experiences and culture to develop this game. She is now teaching with the Johnson City School District in Johnson City, NY. Check out our interview with Ms. Merrill here.

Chasing the Dream, Season 2: Ep 8

Chasing the Dream: Equitable Food Systems
On this final episode of the second season of Chasing the Dream, we look into equitable food systems and the work of Soul Fire Farm near Albany, NY. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, speaks with Elizabeth Gabriel and Alexas Esposito from Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming. The episode concludes with a story from a community member imagining their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Soul Fire Farm
Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming
VINES (Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments)

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Chasing the Dream, Season 2: Ep 7

Chasing the Dream: Incarceration & Reentry
On this episode of Chasing the Dream, we look into issues surrounding incarceration and the work of reentry programs such as the Walk With Me Program through the Family Enrichment Network. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, speaks with Bobby Black, Co-Founder of JUST (Justice and Unity for the Southern Tier). The episode concludes with a story from a community member imagining their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Walk With Me Program
JUST (Justice and Unity for the Southern Tier)
Broome-Tioga NAACP
Broome County Urban League

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Chasing the Dream, Season 2: Ep 6

Chasing the Dream: Food Bank of the Southern Tier Speakers Bureau
On this episode of Chasing the Dream, we look into the Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s Speakers Bureau. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, has a conversation with Alicia Swords, Associate Professor of Sociology at Ithaca College, about her work with the Speakers Bureau and the Poor People’s Campaign. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Food Bank of the Southern Tier Speakers Bureau
Catholic Charities of Steuben – Turning Point
Poor People’s Campaign

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Chasing the Dream, Season 2: Ep 5

Chasing the Dream: Addiction & Recovery
On this episode of Chasing the Dream, we look into the work of Friends of Recovery of Delaware and Otsego Counties. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, has a conversation with Angela Sullivan, Executive Director of the Alcohol & Drug Council of Tompkins County. The episode concludes with a story from a community member imagining their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Friends of Recovery of Delaware and Otsego Counties, Inc.
Alternatives to Violence Project – USA
Alcohol & Drug Council of Tompkins County
Fairview Recovery Services

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

President Trump delivers the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives on Feb. 5.

Who In The House Is Calling For Impeachment?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced the launch of a formal impeachment inquiry after months of expressing caution. Here are all the members who have come out on the record in support of the move.

Chasing the Dream, Season 2: Ep 4

Chasing the Dream: A Grocery Store for Binghamton’s North Side
On this episode of Chasing the Dream, we look into the history and development of a grocery store on Binghamton’s North Side and its impact on local residents. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, speaks with Diane Brown, Executive Director of the Community Foundation for South Central New York, concerning her organization’s role in this project and the greater community. The episode concludes with a story from a community member imagining their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Community Foundation for South Central New York
Broome County Council of Churches – CHOW®
United Way of Broome County, Healthy Lifestyles Coalition, Lee Barta Community Center

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.