Chasing the Dream, Season 3: Ep 3

We visit the Health Meets Food program in Elmira, NY which pairs medical students with community members to learn how to cook healthy meals. We also have an in-studio conversation with Cynthia Cave-Gaetani about the social determinants of health in our community. Rachel Mischler, a registered dietitian for Lourdes, talks about her work with patients and the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program. In our Dream Interview segment, Robin from the Speakers Bureau in Bath, NY shares her experience with ongoing health problems, and how nutrition made a difference in the quality of her life. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Health Meets Food Program

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Healthy People 2020

Rural Health Network of South Central New York

South Central NY Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program

For a complete list of resources CLICK HERE

Chasing the Dream Lunch & Learn

Chasing the Dream: Social Determinants of Health
Lunch & Learn
Thursday, November 12 at 12:00pm
Grab your lunch and join WSKG for a discussion on social determinants of health. We will screen a brand new episode of Chasing the Dream followed by a panel discussion with local experts. This will all take place virtually online! CLICK HERE TO RSVP

Chasing the Dream, Season 3: Ep 2

Chasing the Dream: The Arts in Our Community
We take a look into Community Arts of Elmira and their public art initiative, Elmira Infinite Canvas. Dr. Connie Sullivan-Blum, Executive Director of The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes comes to the studio for a conversation about how the arts impact our local economy and we hear from a local artist chasing her dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Community Arts of Elmira
The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes
Americans for the Arts
Broome County Arts Council
Community Arts Partnership

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE. Local artists highlighted:

Filomena Jack
Kristen Nicole Mann

Chasing the Dream, Season 3: Ep 1

Chasing the Dream: Education in the Age of COVID-19
In the premiere episode of Season 3 of Chasing the Dream, we look into local school districts’ response to the COVID-19 crisis and the unique challenges faced by rural schools. Host Natasha Thompson, President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, has a conversation with Dr. Patricia Follette, Superintendent of the Whitney Point Central School District. Interviews with students responding to the crisis are also featured as well technology and engineering teachers from Union-Endicott Central School District that stepped up to help their community. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Binghamton University Community Schools (BUCS)
Food Bank of the Southern Tier Community Food Distributions

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Chasing the Dream: 3D Printing Face Shields

Two technology and engineering teachers from the Union-Endicott School District decided to use their time and knowledge to help protect essential workers. For more information, or to find out how you can support this project, please contact Corey Munn at cmunn@uek12.org. Do you know of other members of our community going out of their way to help during this time? We would love to highlight their stories. Please contact Bailey Normann at bnormann@wskg.org with your story.

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.

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.