Chasing the Dream, Season 3, Ep 6

 

Chasing the Dream: Veterans. We visit the Stand With Me Service Dog Team Training Program to see how some veterans are coping with life after being in the service by training their own service dogs. We Speak with Cara Tilton, Vice President of the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group, about the needs of local veterans, and the services available to them. We also visit a veteran living in Bath, NY. Resources from this episode:

Binghamton Veterans Center

Stand With Me

Clear Path for Veterans

US Department of Veterans Affairs

 

Chasing the Dream: Season 3: Ep 5

 

Chasing the Dream: Food Pantries and Food Banks.  This week on Chasing the Dream, we take a look at the work that the Food Bank of the Southern Tier is doing in our region, how food pantries are an integral part of a complex system to make sure that no family goes without food, and how COVID-19 has impacted those in need as well as the organizations working hard to help them. We also speak with Dan Egan, Executive Director of Feeding New York State, about the challenges of food distribution on a state-wide scale. Resources from this episode:

Food Bank of the Southern Tier

Feeding New York State

Nourish New York

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Chasing the Dream, Season 3: Ep 4

Farming now and Beyond: This episode of Chasing the Dream takes a look at the modern farmer, the struggles that they face every day, and the organizations that are offering them support. Host Natasha Thompson interviews Kate Downes, Outreach Director of the New York FarmNet organization, and a look at a regenerative farm in upstate New York. Resources from this episode include:

NY Farm Net

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

NYS Department of Agricultural Markets

Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development

Cornell Cooperative Extention

For a complete list of resources CLICK HERE

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.

Chasing the Dream, Season 2: Ep 3

Chasing the Dream: Community Collaboration & Wellness
On this episode of Chasing the Dream, we look into the Groton HARVEST community wellness project spearheaded by the Groton Area School District and Groton Public Library. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, has a conversation surrounding the work being done by public libraries with Pauline Emery, Director of the Southeast Steuben County Library. The episode concludes with a story from a community member imagining their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Groton Public Library
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Food Bank of the Southern Tier
Southeast Steuben County Library

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Chasing the Dream, Season 2: Ep 2

Chasing the Dream: Trauma Informed Care & Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
On this episode of Chasing the Dream, we explore the effects of childhood trauma and highlight the Be the One campaign in Tompkins County. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, discusses trauma informed care and resilience work being done in our communities with Laura Rossman, CEO of ProAction of Steuben and Yates Counties, Inc. The episode concludes with a story from a community member imagining their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study
KPJR Films
ProAction of Steuben and Yates, Inc.
Be the One Campaign

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Chasing the Dream, Season 2: Ep 1

Chasing the Dream: War on Poverty Legacy
On this first episode of season two of Chasing the Dream, we explore the legacy of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, talks with Assemblywoman Donna A. Lupardo. The episode concludes with a story from a community member imagining their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Head Start Center Locator
New York State Annual Poverty Report – New York State Community Action Association
2020 United States Census
Southern Tier Second Chance Housing

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Chasing the Dream, Season 1: Ep 8

Chasing the Dream: Youth Programming
On this final episode of season one of Chasing the Dream, we explore the mission of the Southside Community Center and CUMEP (Community Unity Music Education Program) in Ithaca, NY. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, discusses the importance of youth programming in our region with Emily Bowler of the Addison Youth Center. The episode concludes with a story from a community member imagining their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Southside Community Center
Addison Youth Center
Chemung County Youth Bureau
New York State Network for Youth Success
Broome County Urban League
Boys and Girls Club of Binghamton

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Chasing the Dream, Season 1: Ep 7

Chasing the Dream: Struggles on College Campuses
This week on Chasing the Dream, we explore the mission of Anabel’s Grocery at Cornell University. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, discusses issues currently facing college students with Deborah Mohlenhoff of Tompkins Cortland Community College. The episode concludes with a story from a college student chasing their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Anabel’s Grocery
Tompkins Cortland Community College Food Pantry

170 North St, Dryden, NY – Main Building – Room 114

Food for Thought SUNY Broome
National Student Campaign Against Hunger & Homelessness
Wisconsin Hope Lab

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Chasing the Dream, Season 1: Ep 6

Chasing the Dream: Jobs & Opportunity
This week on Chasing the Dream, we take a look at the Perfectly Suited program at the YWCA Binghamton. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, discusses issues surrounding job training and employment opportunities in our region with Carole Coppens of the YWCA Binghamton. The episode concludes with a story from a local community member chasing their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

YWCA Binghamton
Broome-Tioga Workforce New York
Broome County Urban League
Chemung-Schuyler-Steuben Workforce New York
Delaware, Chenango, Madison, Otsego (DMCO) BOCES
Bradford County Action, Inc.

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Chasing the Dream, Season 1: Ep 5

Chasing the Dream: Transportation
This week on Chasing the Dream, we hear from the founder of S&P Mobility and his inspiration for starting this business. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, discusses issues surrounding transportation with Jack Salo of the Rural Health Network of South Central New York. The episode concludes with stories from local community members chasing their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

GetThere Call Center
511NY – Traffic, Travel, and Transit Information
Deposit Foundation, Inc.
Schuyler County Transit
The Institute for Human Services
Tompkins County FISH: Friends in Service Helping

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Chasing the Dream, Season 1: Ep 4

Chasing the Dream: Food Insecurity
This week on Chasing the Dream, the work of VINES (Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments) and their collaboration with CHOW® (Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse of Broome County Council of Churches) is explored. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, discusses hunger and food systems in our region with Erin Summerlee of the Food and Health Network of South Central New York. The episode concludes with a story from a local community member chasing their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

VINES
CHOW®
Food and Health Network of South Central New York
Food Bank of the Southern Tier
Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Chasing the Dream, Season 1: Ep 3

Chasing the Dream: Childcare & Support for Parents
This week on Chasing the Dream, the work and stories of Mothers Helping Mothers of Elmira is explored. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, discusses issues surrounding childcare in our region with Jennifer Perney of Family Enrichment Network. The episode concludes with a story from a local community member chasing their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Mothers Helping Mothers of Elmira
Family Enrichment Network
Economic Opportunity Program, Inc.
Mothers & Babies
ProAction of Steuben and Yates, Inc.
Opportunities for Chenango, Inc.

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Chasing the Dream, Season 1: Ep 2

Chasing the Dream: Housing & Dignity
On this second episode of Chasing the Dream, the work of Second Wind Cottages in Newfield, NY is explored. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, discusses the role of faith in philanthropy with Sister Mary of Tioga County Rural Ministry. The episode concludes with a story from a local community member chasing their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Second Wind Cottages
Tioga County Rural Ministry
Binghamton Rescue Mission
Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services
Arbor Housing and Development
The Impact Project

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Chasing the Dream, Season 1: Ep 1

Chasing the Dream: An Introduction
On this first episode of Chasing the Dream, an overview and history of poverty in our area is explored. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, discusses the role of philanthropy with Judith Peckham, Executive Director of the Conrad and Virginia Klee Foundation. The episode concludes with a story from a local community member chasing their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

The United Way of Broome County
The Rural Health Network of South Central New York
Tioga Opportunities, Inc.
Opportunities for Chenango, Inc.
Catholic Charities of Chemung & Schuyler Counties
Proaction of Steuben & Yates, Inc.

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Agencies Across Central New York Split Over $13 Million To Fight Poverty

SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Organizations that help impoverished central New Yorkers get an education, find jobs or decent housing are getting a boost from a pot of state money meant to help the poor. Wayne O’Connor, of the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection of Syracuse, said the extra cash will help expand his organization that focuses on workforce development, starting in the middle school years. “It will enable us to hire five youth advocates, and some support for those advocates,” said O’Connor. “Every time we add more students, we grow the culture, we grow the program, so it’s significant.”

Hilliside is one of almost two dozen organizations in five counties, awarded a piece of the Upstate Revitalization Initiative grant. The 24-member Alliance for Economic Inclusion decided to split over $13 million between agencies that had successful programs dealing with poverty, as well as some newer ones.

Report: Rural Poverty in America is ‘An Emergency’

The United States does not stack up favorably when compared to other nations with advanced economies when it comes to childhood poverty worldwide, according to a new report, which considered factors such as the lack of access to quality food, high adolescent birth rates and a child dropping out of school. Out of 175 nations, the U.S. ranks 36th – far behind Singapore, Slovenia, Norway, Sweden and Finland, which round out the top five — and just behind Bahrain and Belarus in the reportproduced by the advocacy group Save the Children. “We are just above Russia, Kuwait and Bosnia,” says president and CEO Carolyn Miles. “So I wouldn’t say that the United States is doing terribly well as far as childhoods.”

The report looks at so-called childhood enders or “events that rob children of their childhood and prevent them from reaching their full potential,” including things like displacement due to war, gender bias, child labor and child mortality. There are three childhood disruptors that account for why the U.S. ranking is relatively low, says Miles, “One was our infant mortality rate, which is by global standards, pretty high.

“The Hustle: Poverty In Motion”

People who are poor move a lot – between homes, to get groceries and healthcare. It can be difficult to achieve upward mobility, leaving people feeling like they’re running in place. Click here to check out the stories.

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Elmira Hopes State Funds Can Put Dent In Poverty

Antanisha Garrett likes it in Elmira.   “Coming from a fast paced state like New Jersey, it’s really different,” she said. “You can really come here and get your life together.” Garrett has tried to do just that. She’s lived in the Southern Tier off-and-on for several years. But she’s now in Elmira full-time.

Being Poor: Real Stories of Hope

Connect: NY explores those programs and individuals who are making headway in the fight against poverty in New York State.  How they are changing the trajectory of people’s lives, what tools they use to accomplish their goals – and how their work benefits us all – on this important finale episode of our Connect: NY poverty series. We meet a supervisor and bakery employee who have experienced an entire overhaul in lifestyle since beginning their work with Greyston.   We bring you their stories and an inspiring look at what can happen when a company is willing to take a risk on those in society who are left behind. Joining host Susan Arbetter for a follow up panel discussion in studio are:

Roy Reehil – Oswego County Legislator
Michael Kink, Executive Director – Strong Economy for All Coalition
Diane Cooper-Currier, Executive Director, Oswego County Opportunities
Ruth Pelham – Founder, Music Mobile

Watch on WSKG TV Monday, June 19, 2017 at 9:00pm.

Being Poor: Meet ALICE, the Working Poor

This episode is the fifth in the new six-part series “Being Poor in New York State.” WCNY director of public affairs, Susan Arbetter hosts this program where we explore what it looks like to live in New York State without enough food, clothing, housing, money or means.  Being poor often means a daily struggle to fight a system seemingly stacked against those on the margins of society, while also fighting against desperation and hopelessness. In this WCNY six-part “Connect: NY” series, viewers are exposed to the world of poverty in New York State and the choices and sacrifices both the urban and rural poor must make every day to survive. Who are the working poor?  If you are working one job or multiple jobs, is it still possible to fall short financially when it comes to affording the basic necessities of life? The United Way’s study of financial hardship, nicknamed “ALICE” referring to Asset Limited,Income Constrained, Employed individuals aims to answer these questions and provide a broader picture of financial insecurity than just state and federal poverty guidelines.

Being Poor: Poverty on the Edge

The Fulton/Oswego area is often covered in the news for their issues related to their struggling business and economic challenges.  But, why?  What is the story behind these once thriving communities with strong agricultural, industrial and power producing potential?  In this beautiful area, located in the northern, central area of the state, many struggle to find jobs where they can sustain a lifestyle above the poverty level.  Skilled employees travel hours to find part time work, and many others have fled the area altogether. Connect: NY spoke with the Mayor of Fulton, two Oswego County Councilmen, the historians for Oswego and Fulton as well as workforce development participants to understand the struggling economy in this once prosperous region. Panelists joining the show:

Karla DiGirolamo – NYS Community Action Executive Director 
Joseph Rotella, Oswego County Workforce Development Executive Director 
Lindy Glennon, Cortland County Community Action Executive Director
David Kay, Senior Extension Associate – Community and Regional Development Institute (CARDI), Department of Development Sociology Fellow, Atkinson Center for Sustainable Future Affiliate, Program on Infrastructure Policy
Ken Pokalsky, Vice President of Government Relations, NYS Business Council
Watch this new episode on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 9:00pm. 
Join us as we uncover compelling and unexpected stories throughout New York State and the history and systemic forces influencing current realities. Connect: NY is produced by WCNY (Syracuse, NY) and aired in partnership with WSKG.

'Being Poor: Dope, but no Hope'

The Connect: NY series explores statewide issues of critical importance with monthly, one-hour panel discussions. This episode, ‘Being Poor: Dope, but no Hope’, continues to focus on poverty by looking at those with drug addictions and continuous illegal drug usage and how their situations often spiral into a circumstance where they are living in poverty.  While much of New York State, and much of the nation has been dealing with an opiod crisis, young people in the Southern Tier face the additional burden of a stagnant economy.  Many attribute the staggering rise in opioid addiction and deaths to a lack of hope about the future. Panelists joining the show:

Dr. Indu Gupta, Onondaga County Health Director/co-chair of the Onondaga County Opioid Taskforce

Professor Dessa Bergen-Cico, Fellow of the American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders, Associate Professor Department of Public Health, Syracuse University

Alexis Pleus, Mother who lost her son to drug addiction/Founder of TruthPharm, Inc., a national advocacy 501c3 non-profit organization. Truth Pharm, based in Broome County, is working to raise awareness and reduce the stigma associated with substance use disorders, and advocating for policy change to improve treatment options

Stephanie Campbell, Acting Executive Director, Friends of Recovery – Albany, New York. Watch this new episode on Monday, March 27, 2017 at 9:00pm. 
Join us as we uncover compelling and unexpected stories throughout New York State and the history and systemic forces influencing current realities. Connect: NY is produced by WCNY (Syracuse, NY) and aired in partnership with WSKG.

'Being Poor: Real Stories of Poverty in 2017'

The Connect: NY series explores statewide issues of critical importance with monthly, one-hour panel discussions. This episode, ‘Being Poor: Real Stories of Poverty in 2017’, takes the viewer into the world of poverty to look at the choices both the urban and rural poor must make every single day. Watch this new episode on Monday, January 30, 2017 at 9:00pm. 
Join us as we uncover compelling and unexpected stories throughout New York State and the history and systemic forces influencing current realities. Connect: NY is produced by WCNY (Syracuse, NY) and aired in partnership with WSKG.