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‘A Path Appears: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty’ Join a live chat, with PBS and KCPT

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Poverty. Teen pregnancy. Abuse. What is being done to address these issues affecting our communities?

From the team behind the groundbreaking “Half the Sky,” “A Path Appears” goes to locations throughout the United States, plus Colombia, Haiti, and Kenya to uncover the harshest forms of gender-based oppression and human rights violations, and solutions being implemented to combat them.

In the second episode, “Breaking the Cycle of Poverty,” airing Monday, Feb. 2, on KCPT, the team travels from West Virginia to Haiti and Colombia for stories of children and women breaking out of cycles of poverty and abuse. In this episode, Jennifer Garner returns to her native West Virginia to visit families enrolled in Save the Children’s Early Steps program; Alfre Woodard joins Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn to visit Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere despite billions of dollars in well-intentioned aid, but where one school provides a beacon of hope in helping impoverished children reach their potential; and in Cartagena, Colombia, Kristof, WuDunn, and Eva Longoria meet a woman devoting her life to the pregnant teens and young mothers in the city’s notorious slums.

Following the Monday, Feb. 2 broadcast, join us for a live chat and special online screening of “A Path Appears – Episode 2: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty,”  on Tuesday, February 3, at 1pm CST, featuring conversations with:

• Catalina Escobar Restrepo  – Presidente, Juan Felipe Gómez Escobar Foundation, an organization providing support to children and teenage mothers from impoverished communities

• Andy Aligne, MD, MPH  – Executive Director of The Hoekelman Center in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester, where they train young physicians to become leaders in community health and advocacy

• Roxanne Allen  – founding member of the Albuquerque chapter of RESULTS, an organization working to end poverty by empowering individuals to exercise their personal and political power for change

• Katherine E. Bono, Ph.D.  – Associate Professor and Chair of Child and Adolescent Studies, California State University, Fullerton, where she is focused on the influences of parenting, intervention, and child abilities on developmental outcomes in normative and at-risk populations

• Mary Jo Brach  – Service Director, Family Resource Centers of Hillside Children’s Center, an affiliate of Hillside Family of Agencies that provides care for youth and families with a wide range of emotional, behavioral, or life-circumstance challenges

• Sandra Morgan, RN, MA  – Director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice, where she leads the fight against human trafficking

• David Olds  – Founder, Nurse Family Partnership, an organization working to provide maternal and early childhood health programs to families most in need

• Tanya Weinberg  – Director, Media and Communications, Save the Children, an organization that gives children in the United States and around the world what every child deserves — a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and care when disaster strikes.

Hear their stories, chat with experts, and learn how you can make a difference during this special post-broadcast online screening and discussion.

Participate in the screening here: and learn about solutions being implemented to address poverty and early childhood education in the U.S. and worldwide.

This event is hosted by Women and Girls Lead, in collaboration with A Path Appears and public media partners: KCPT Kansas City, KPBS San Diego, New Mexico PBS, PBS SoCaL, and WXXI Rochester; and along with Nurse Family Partnership and Save The Children.

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