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Visionaries, The

Bolstered by a co-production relationship with Harvard's Ash Institute, Visionaries presents 6 new shows that celebrate what happens when our inventive spirit is combined with a commitment to the greater good. Sam Waterston leads viewers on an extraordinary odyssey to explore the remarkable capacity Americans have to create positive change in the world. You will meet bold innovators, dynamic social entrepreneurs, and creative problem solvers that are changing lives all across the country and throughout the world.

Visionaries, The  
  • Esperanca
    Wednesday, January 27
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    With every news alert or breaking story, our world seems to be plunged further into crisis. Wildfires burn across California. We have reached a point in this country where political scandals have become so common, we barely have time to catch our breath in between. So how audacious is it to work for an organization called "hope"? Esperanca is the Portuguese word for "hope." It is also the name of a global health organization that is transforming the lives of people locally in Phoenix, Arizona, and abroad. Whether it's through their volunteer surgeon program in Peru or their dental hygiene program in some of Phoenix's Title One schools, Esperanca believes that healthy families make for healthy communities - and ultimately a more healthy world.
  • Esperanca
    Monday, February 1
    2:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    With every news alert or breaking story, our world seems to be plunged further into crisis. Wildfires burn across California. We have reached a point in this country where political scandals have become so common, we barely have time to catch our breath in between. So how audacious is it to work for an organization called "hope"? Esperanca is the Portuguese word for "hope." It is also the name of a global health organization that is transforming the lives of people locally in Phoenix, Arizona, and abroad. Whether it's through their volunteer surgeon program in Peru or their dental hygiene program in some of Phoenix's Title One schools, Esperanca believes that healthy families make for healthy communities - and ultimately a more healthy world.
  • Support Center for Child Advocates
    Wednesday, February 3
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    On average, 86 percent of law students graduate with six-figure debt. Without help, that debt drives many graduates into the corporate world of billable hours and high-powered law firms. The result - millions of lower income Americans lack legal help when they need it the most. Along comes an organization called the Support Center for Child Advocates in Philadelphia. It gives local attorneys a second chance to use their law degree for good. A volunteer lawyer program for abused and neglected children, the Support Center for Child Advocates and its more than 330 pro bono attorneys are helping kids overcome some of the most difficult circumstances of their lives. Matching legal talent with human need, the Support Center for Child Advocates is achieving justice for the most vulnerable among us - and giving new purpose to lawyers across Philadelphia.
  • Support Center for Child Advocates
    Monday, February 8
    2:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    On average, 86 percent of law students graduate with six-figure debt. Without help, that debt drives many graduates into the corporate world of billable hours and high-powered law firms. The result - millions of lower income Americans lack legal help when they need it the most. Along comes an organization called the Support Center for Child Advocates in Philadelphia. It gives local attorneys a second chance to use their law degree for good. A volunteer lawyer program for abused and neglected children, the Support Center for Child Advocates and its more than 330 pro bono attorneys are helping kids overcome some of the most difficult circumstances of their lives. Matching legal talent with human need, the Support Center for Child Advocates is achieving justice for the most vulnerable among us - and giving new purpose to lawyers across Philadelphia.
  • Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota
    Wednesday, February 10
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The landscape of America is changing. In Minnesota, home of the Vikings, some of the nation's largest refugee communities are living in the Twin Cities. And in the state's more rural areas, the numbers are even more striking. The town of Worthington in southern Minnesota has received more unaccompanied minors per capita than almost anywhere else in the country. While nearby towns have shrunk almost to extinction, Worthington has grown, with its population now almost two-thirds minority. One of the forces behind Minnesota's changing landscape is an organization called Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota - or ILCM. Since opening its doors over 20 years ago, ILCM has helped thousands of immigrants gain legal status in the United States and overcome the challenges of obtaining work authorization and citizenship. With immigrants playing a key role in the state's population growth, ILCM' legal and advocacy work has helped keep communities alive and made them stronger.
  • Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota
    Monday, February 15
    2:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    The landscape of America is changing. In Minnesota, home of the Vikings, some of the nation's largest refugee communities are living in the Twin Cities. And in the state's more rural areas, the numbers are even more striking. The town of Worthington in southern Minnesota has received more unaccompanied minors per capita than almost anywhere else in the country. While nearby towns have shrunk almost to extinction, Worthington has grown, with its population now almost two-thirds minority. One of the forces behind Minnesota's changing landscape is an organization called Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota - or ILCM. Since opening its doors over 20 years ago, ILCM has helped thousands of immigrants gain legal status in the United States and overcome the challenges of obtaining work authorization and citizenship. With immigrants playing a key role in the state's population growth, ILCM' legal and advocacy work has helped keep communities alive and made them stronger.
  • Stroud Water Research Center
    Wednesday, February 17
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    In 1972, Congress passed the Clean Water Act with the goal of making all U.S. waters "fishable and drinkable" within the next ten years. In the two decades that followed, the nation's waters did grow healthier, but the promise of the Clean Water Act has yet to be realized. Today, more than half of U.S. rivers and streams are listed in 'poor condition'-and these are the same waters that many of us rely on for drinking water and recreation. The Stroud Water Research Center is leading the effort to find ways to make the Clean Water Act a reality. Over the last half a century, Stroud's research has made significant contributions to policies protecting our nation's streams and wetlands, storm water management systems, and drinking water sources. Stroud scientists continue to work on the critical questions of our time, including the relationship between land use, water quality, and climate change. We join them now at Stroud's headquarters on White Clay Creek in Avondale, Pennsylvania.
  • Stroud Water Research Center
    Monday, February 22
    2:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    In 1972, Congress passed the Clean Water Act with the goal of making all U.S. waters "fishable and drinkable" within the next ten years. In the two decades that followed, the nation's waters did grow healthier, but the promise of the Clean Water Act has yet to be realized. Today, more than half of U.S. rivers and streams are listed in 'poor condition'-and these are the same waters that many of us rely on for drinking water and recreation. The Stroud Water Research Center is leading the effort to find ways to make the Clean Water Act a reality. Over the last half a century, Stroud's research has made significant contributions to policies protecting our nation's streams and wetlands, storm water management systems, and drinking water sources. Stroud scientists continue to work on the critical questions of our time, including the relationship between land use, water quality, and climate change. We join them now at Stroud's headquarters on White Clay Creek in Avondale, Pennsylvania.
  • Waterkeeper Alliance
    Wednesday, February 24
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Every day, we discharge more than 2 million tons of waste into our world's waterways. Because of climate change and pollution, half the globe could face a severe water shortage within the next ten years. Under the Clean Water Act, we have a right in this country to fishable, swimmable, drinkable water, but ask the people in Flint, Michigan -whose children now have lead poisoning after drinking from the long-polluted Flint River - whether that means anything anymore. We can pass all the laws we want, but unless someone is out there making sure they're being enforced, nothing will change. The Waterkeeper Alliance has more than 300 Waterkeeper organizations and affiliates patrolling and protecting about 3 million miles of waterway around the world. Whether they're on the water tracking down polluters or in the courtrooms enforcing environmental laws, these Waterkeeper warriors are leading the charge to save what's left of our water before it's too late.
  • Waterkeeper Alliance
    Monday, March 1
    2:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Every day, we discharge more than 2 million tons of waste into our world's waterways. Because of climate change and pollution, half the globe could face a severe water shortage within the next ten years. Under the Clean Water Act, we have a right in this country to fishable, swimmable, drinkable water, but ask the people in Flint, Michigan -whose children now have lead poisoning after drinking from the long-polluted Flint River - whether that means anything anymore. We can pass all the laws we want, but unless someone is out there making sure they're being enforced, nothing will change. The Waterkeeper Alliance has more than 300 Waterkeeper organizations and affiliates patrolling and protecting about 3 million miles of waterway around the world. Whether they're on the water tracking down polluters or in the courtrooms enforcing environmental laws, these Waterkeeper warriors are leading the charge to save what's left of our water before it's too late.
  • United Religions Initiative
    Wednesday, March 3
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Many of us are inundated with a seemingly unending torrent of negative images and ideas that spout forth from the digital devices that are our gateway to nearly all public discourse. Why? Because it works. It gets our attention. We are hardwired to prioritize and react to danger, real and perceived. People bent on fame, money or political power know this. They are hijacking our attention, not for a good cause but for a click, a like, or a quick buck. There is, and always has been, an answer to this attack. It is called Story. A well-told story can bypass the primitive parts of our brain and evoke emotions and ideas that unify us, empower us, allow us to share dreams of a better day. This is a story of a remarkable organization embarking on a global effort to use the power of story as an instrument of unity and peace. It is called URI or United Religions Initiative. It is a kind of United Nations of people of all beliefs, including atheists and agnostics. This is how it works. At least seven people come together to tackle a cause. The only requirement is that they represent at least three different religions or belief systems. This is called a cooperation circle. They do something together. Build a school, expose an injustice, fight poverty...rally against hate and violence. There are now a thousand of these cooperation circles in more than a hundred countries...creating life-changing stories. Come with us now and see the power of story.
  • United Religions Initiative
    Monday, March 8
    2:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Many of us are inundated with a seemingly unending torrent of negative images and ideas that spout forth from the digital devices that are our gateway to nearly all public discourse. Why? Because it works. It gets our attention. We are hardwired to prioritize and react to danger, real and perceived. People bent on fame, money or political power know this. They are hijacking our attention, not for a good cause but for a click, a like, or a quick buck. There is, and always has been, an answer to this attack. It is called Story. A well-told story can bypass the primitive parts of our brain and evoke emotions and ideas that unify us, empower us, allow us to share dreams of a better day. This is a story of a remarkable organization embarking on a global effort to use the power of story as an instrument of unity and peace. It is called URI or United Religions Initiative. It is a kind of United Nations of people of all beliefs, including atheists and agnostics. This is how it works. At least seven people come together to tackle a cause. The only requirement is that they represent at least three different religions or belief systems. This is called a cooperation circle. They do something together. Build a school, expose an injustice, fight poverty...rally against hate and violence. There are now a thousand of these cooperation circles in more than a hundred countries...creating life-changing stories. Come with us now and see the power of story.
  • Jdc
    Wednesday, March 10
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Feeding the hungry is among society's most fundamental obligations, but we also need to question why our neighbors are without food in the first place. In other words, "giving back" is necessary but not enough. We must search for ways to bring about lasting, systemic change, and that means redefining philanthropy as we know it today. Two years ago, a New York-based nonprofit called the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee - or JDC - had an idea. They started what's called a philanthropic loan fund to address poverty among Africa's smallholder farmers. Inspired by noted philanthropist and entrepreneur Seth Merrin, the program - known as TOV - offers farmers access to money, technology, and business training - with a goal of tripling every dollar invested. When farmers repay their loans, that money gets reinvested to support more farmers, and the effect ripples out from there.
  • Jdc
    Monday, March 15
    2:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Feeding the hungry is among society's most fundamental obligations, but we also need to question why our neighbors are without food in the first place. In other words, "giving back" is necessary but not enough. We must search for ways to bring about lasting, systemic change, and that means redefining philanthropy as we know it today. Two years ago, a New York-based nonprofit called the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee - or JDC - had an idea. They started what's called a philanthropic loan fund to address poverty among Africa's smallholder farmers. Inspired by noted philanthropist and entrepreneur Seth Merrin, the program - known as TOV - offers farmers access to money, technology, and business training - with a goal of tripling every dollar invested. When farmers repay their loans, that money gets reinvested to support more farmers, and the effect ripples out from there.
  • Uncommon School
    Wednesday, March 17
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Across America, a great struggle is underway. It is neither new nor is it likely to result in victory being declared because that is not how struggle works. "Better education for all" is a long arduous trek in which success is measured by reaching milestones on a road that never ends. Uncommon Schools started in Newark New Jersey in 1997. Today, it has 54 schools throughout the northeast in which 82 percent of the students are considered disadvantaged. Here's the kicker. 99% of their high school seniors are accepted to a four-year college. And they graduate from college at five times the rate of low-income students nationally. We go now to Boston where the principal of Roxbury Prep is herself an Uncommon School graduate.
  • Uncommon School
    Monday, March 22
    2:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Across America, a great struggle is underway. It is neither new nor is it likely to result in victory being declared because that is not how struggle works. "Better education for all" is a long arduous trek in which success is measured by reaching milestones on a road that never ends. Uncommon Schools started in Newark New Jersey in 1997. Today, it has 54 schools throughout the northeast in which 82 percent of the students are considered disadvantaged. Here's the kicker. 99% of their high school seniors are accepted to a four-year college. And they graduate from college at five times the rate of low-income students nationally. We go now to Boston where the principal of Roxbury Prep is herself an Uncommon School graduate.
  • Transforming Lives, Parts 1 & 2
    Wednesday, March 24
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Part 1 - Americans for Immigrant Justice "One Nation" - They are fleeing for their lives from countries like Guatemala and Somalia - only to be treated like criminals when they arrive in the U.S. They're put in detention centers, where they are monitored 24 hours a day and deprived of food and medical care. Out in the community, immigrant children are afraid to go to school, fearing that when they return home, a parent will be gone - taken by ICE and deported. In this climate of fear and heartbreak, the Miami nonprofit law firm Americans for Immigrant Justice is fighting a terrifying battle. They know that every case they take on - from unaccompanied minors to asylum seekers - could be a matter of life or death. Yet the staff at Americans for Immigrant Justice stand strong, determined to be a voice for people who are often too afraid to speak. Part 2 - Kula for Karma "Mindfulness in the Real World" - It is interesting how, in our culture of information overload, truths become hackneyed... words appropriated and overused until they become cliche. The concept of mindfulness is a good example. The notion that peace and healing can occur by living in the moment is ancient. This is the story of a national organization that has taken something seemingly nebulous and built a real platform that is changing the face of healthcare: transforming lives in ways that can be measured with very real and provable outcomes. That organization, Kula for Karma brings therapeutic yoga, meditation, and stress management programs to those struggling with mental health, trauma, and addiction. They do this in major hospitals, treatment centers, schools and crisis centers. Kula is part of the solution, committed to changing the stigma around mental health. We take you to bear witness to the true and lasting impact of Mindfulness. The ancient truth is we don't have to suffer in silence.
  • Transforming Lives, Parts 1 & 2
    Monday, March 29
    2:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Part 1 - Americans for Immigrant Justice "One Nation" - They are fleeing for their lives from countries like Guatemala and Somalia - only to be treated like criminals when they arrive in the U.S. They're put in detention centers, where they are monitored 24 hours a day and deprived of food and medical care. Out in the community, immigrant children are afraid to go to school, fearing that when they return home, a parent will be gone - taken by ICE and deported. In this climate of fear and heartbreak, the Miami nonprofit law firm Americans for Immigrant Justice is fighting a terrifying battle. They know that every case they take on - from unaccompanied minors to asylum seekers - could be a matter of life or death. Yet the staff at Americans for Immigrant Justice stand strong, determined to be a voice for people who are often too afraid to speak. Part 2 - Kula for Karma "Mindfulness in the Real World" - It is interesting how, in our culture of information overload, truths become hackneyed... words appropriated and overused until they become cliche. The concept of mindfulness is a good example. The notion that peace and healing can occur by living in the moment is ancient. This is the story of a national organization that has taken something seemingly nebulous and built a real platform that is changing the face of healthcare: transforming lives in ways that can be measured with very real and provable outcomes. That organization, Kula for Karma brings therapeutic yoga, meditation, and stress management programs to those struggling with mental health, trauma, and addiction. They do this in major hospitals, treatment centers, schools and crisis centers. Kula is part of the solution, committed to changing the stigma around mental health. We take you to bear witness to the true and lasting impact of Mindfulness. The ancient truth is we don't have to suffer in silence.
  • Leadership Academy
    Wednesday, March 31
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    In the beginning, it was simple. Education was one person teaching another. Next, it was teaching teachers to teach. Now, with 14,000 school systems, 132,000 schools, and 76 million students in this country, the real challenge is leadership. How do communities harness the skills and power of education leaders to drive schools to equitably give all students what they need to realize their full potential? This is the story of The Leadership Academy, a non-profit organization founded in New York City, that has emerged as a national model for teaching and inspiring leadership at every level of the school system. But it is also the story of change. As schools across the United States welcome students and families from varied corners and cultures of the country and the world, The Leadership Academy is committed to making sure leaders have the will and skills to create an environment where every student can be successful.
  • Leadership Academy
    Monday, April 5
    2:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    In the beginning, it was simple. Education was one person teaching another. Next, it was teaching teachers to teach. Now, with 14,000 school systems, 132,000 schools, and 76 million students in this country, the real challenge is leadership. How do communities harness the skills and power of education leaders to drive schools to equitably give all students what they need to realize their full potential? This is the story of The Leadership Academy, a non-profit organization founded in New York City, that has emerged as a national model for teaching and inspiring leadership at every level of the school system. But it is also the story of change. As schools across the United States welcome students and families from varied corners and cultures of the country and the world, The Leadership Academy is committed to making sure leaders have the will and skills to create an environment where every student can be successful.
  • Immunization Action Coalition
    Wednesday, April 7
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Thirty years ago, when Dr. Deborah Wexler was providing health care to Hmong refugee families in St. Paul, Minnesota, she found most of her young patients to be under vaccinated. That year, 1990, many Hmong children became infected with measles, and three died from complications of the disease. Wexler's response was to found the Immunization Action Coalition or IAC. The story of immunization in the U.S. is one of tremendous success. In 2000, measles was declared eliminated in this country. Yet today there is a growing vocal opposition to vaccination, and the U.S. could lose its World Health Organization status as a country that has eliminated measles because of outbreaks this year. In a way, Dr. Wexler finds herself back where she started thirty years ago, doing all she can to fight the dangerous return of preventable diseases.
  • Immunization Action Coalition
    Monday, April 12
    2:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Thirty years ago, when Dr. Deborah Wexler was providing health care to Hmong refugee families in St. Paul, Minnesota, she found most of her young patients to be under vaccinated. That year, 1990, many Hmong children became infected with measles, and three died from complications of the disease. Wexler's response was to found the Immunization Action Coalition or IAC. The story of immunization in the U.S. is one of tremendous success. In 2000, measles was declared eliminated in this country. Yet today there is a growing vocal opposition to vaccination, and the U.S. could lose its World Health Organization status as a country that has eliminated measles because of outbreaks this year. In a way, Dr. Wexler finds herself back where she started thirty years ago, doing all she can to fight the dangerous return of preventable diseases.
  • La Jolla Institute for Immunology
    Wednesday, April 14
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Inside each of us lies a vast potential to fight disease. From viral and parasitic to bacterial infections and cancers, the immune system is the primary way the human body combats disease. Imagine if we could decode the immune system to unlock new preventions and treatments for some of the world's most devastating diseases. Imagine a life expectancy of 125 years or more with no sick days, not even one doctor's visit or day spent in a hospital. This is La Jolla Institute for Immunology's mission in a nutshell. Every day, its researchers work towards making discoveries that will lead to better preventions ultimately cures for immune system-related diseases as well as ways to improve the vaccines that the world so desperately needs. We take you now to La Jolla, California, and inside the institute's fight against disease.
  • La Jolla Institute for Immunology
    Monday, April 19
    2:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Inside each of us lies a vast potential to fight disease. From viral and parasitic to bacterial infections and cancers, the immune system is the primary way the human body combats disease. Imagine if we could decode the immune system to unlock new preventions and treatments for some of the world's most devastating diseases. Imagine a life expectancy of 125 years or more with no sick days, not even one doctor's visit or day spent in a hospital. This is La Jolla Institute for Immunology's mission in a nutshell. Every day, its researchers work towards making discoveries that will lead to better preventions ultimately cures for immune system-related diseases as well as ways to improve the vaccines that the world so desperately needs. We take you now to La Jolla, California, and inside the institute's fight against disease.

 

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  • La Jolla Institute for Immunology
    Monday, January 25
    2:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Inside each of us lies a vast potential to fight disease. From viral and parasitic to bacterial infections and cancers, the immune system is the primary way the human body combats disease. Imagine if we could decode the immune system to unlock new preventions and treatments for some of the world's most devastating diseases. Imagine a life expectancy of 125 years or more with no sick days, not even one doctor's visit or day spent in a hospital. This is La Jolla Institute for Immunology's mission in a nutshell. Every day, its researchers work towards making discoveries that will lead to better preventions ultimately cures for immune system-related diseases as well as ways to improve the vaccines that the world so desperately needs. We take you now to La Jolla, California, and inside the institute's fight against disease.
  • La Jolla Institute for Immunology
    Wednesday, January 20
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Inside each of us lies a vast potential to fight disease. From viral and parasitic to bacterial infections and cancers, the immune system is the primary way the human body combats disease. Imagine if we could decode the immune system to unlock new preventions and treatments for some of the world's most devastating diseases. Imagine a life expectancy of 125 years or more with no sick days, not even one doctor's visit or day spent in a hospital. This is La Jolla Institute for Immunology's mission in a nutshell. Every day, its researchers work towards making discoveries that will lead to better preventions ultimately cures for immune system-related diseases as well as ways to improve the vaccines that the world so desperately needs. We take you now to La Jolla, California, and inside the institute's fight against disease.
  • Immunization Action Coalition
    Monday, January 18
    2:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Thirty years ago, when Dr. Deborah Wexler was providing health care to Hmong refugee families in St. Paul, Minnesota, she found most of her young patients to be under vaccinated. That year, 1990, many Hmong children became infected with measles, and three died from complications of the disease. Wexler's response was to found the Immunization Action Coalition or IAC. The story of immunization in the U.S. is one of tremendous success. In 2000, measles was declared eliminated in this country. Yet today there is a growing vocal opposition to vaccination, and the U.S. could lose its World Health Organization status as a country that has eliminated measles because of outbreaks this year. In a way, Dr. Wexler finds herself back where she started thirty years ago, doing all she can to fight the dangerous return of preventable diseases.
  • Immunization Action Coalition
    Wednesday, January 13
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Thirty years ago, when Dr. Deborah Wexler was providing health care to Hmong refugee families in St. Paul, Minnesota, she found most of her young patients to be under vaccinated. That year, 1990, many Hmong children became infected with measles, and three died from complications of the disease. Wexler's response was to found the Immunization Action Coalition or IAC. The story of immunization in the U.S. is one of tremendous success. In 2000, measles was declared eliminated in this country. Yet today there is a growing vocal opposition to vaccination, and the U.S. could lose its World Health Organization status as a country that has eliminated measles because of outbreaks this year. In a way, Dr. Wexler finds herself back where she started thirty years ago, doing all she can to fight the dangerous return of preventable diseases.
  • Leadership Academy
    Monday, January 11
    2:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    In the beginning, it was simple. Education was one person teaching another. Next, it was teaching teachers to teach. Now, with 14,000 school systems, 132,000 schools, and 76 million students in this country, the real challenge is leadership. How do communities harness the skills and power of education leaders to drive schools to equitably give all students what they need to realize their full potential? This is the story of The Leadership Academy, a non-profit organization founded in New York City, that has emerged as a national model for teaching and inspiring leadership at every level of the school system. But it is also the story of change. As schools across the United States welcome students and families from varied corners and cultures of the country and the world, The Leadership Academy is committed to making sure leaders have the will and skills to create an environment where every student can be successful.
  • Leadership Academy
    Wednesday, January 6
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    In the beginning, it was simple. Education was one person teaching another. Next, it was teaching teachers to teach. Now, with 14,000 school systems, 132,000 schools, and 76 million students in this country, the real challenge is leadership. How do communities harness the skills and power of education leaders to drive schools to equitably give all students what they need to realize their full potential? This is the story of The Leadership Academy, a non-profit organization founded in New York City, that has emerged as a national model for teaching and inspiring leadership at every level of the school system. But it is also the story of change. As schools across the United States welcome students and families from varied corners and cultures of the country and the world, The Leadership Academy is committed to making sure leaders have the will and skills to create an environment where every student can be successful.
  • Transforming Lives, Parts 1 & 2
    Monday, January 4
    2:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Part 1 - Americans for Immigrant Justice "One Nation" - They are fleeing for their lives from countries like Guatemala and Somalia - only to be treated like criminals when they arrive in the U.S. They're put in detention centers, where they are monitored 24 hours a day and deprived of food and medical care. Out in the community, immigrant children are afraid to go to school, fearing that when they return home, a parent will be gone - taken by ICE and deported. In this climate of fear and heartbreak, the Miami nonprofit law firm Americans for Immigrant Justice is fighting a terrifying battle. They know that every case they take on - from unaccompanied minors to asylum seekers - could be a matter of life or death. Yet the staff at Americans for Immigrant Justice stand strong, determined to be a voice for people who are often too afraid to speak. Part 2 - Kula for Karma "Mindfulness in the Real World" - It is interesting how, in our culture of information overload, truths become hackneyed... words appropriated and overused until they become cliche. The concept of mindfulness is a good example. The notion that peace and healing can occur by living in the moment is ancient. This is the story of a national organization that has taken something seemingly nebulous and built a real platform that is changing the face of healthcare: transforming lives in ways that can be measured with very real and provable outcomes. That organization, Kula for Karma brings therapeutic yoga, meditation, and stress management programs to those struggling with mental health, trauma, and addiction. They do this in major hospitals, treatment centers, schools and crisis centers. Kula is part of the solution, committed to changing the stigma around mental health. We take you to bear witness to the true and lasting impact of Mindfulness. The ancient truth is we don't have to suffer in silence.
  • Transforming Lives, Parts 1 & 2
    Wednesday, December 30
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Part 1 - Americans for Immigrant Justice "One Nation" - They are fleeing for their lives from countries like Guatemala and Somalia - only to be treated like criminals when they arrive in the U.S. They're put in detention centers, where they are monitored 24 hours a day and deprived of food and medical care. Out in the community, immigrant children are afraid to go to school, fearing that when they return home, a parent will be gone - taken by ICE and deported. In this climate of fear and heartbreak, the Miami nonprofit law firm Americans for Immigrant Justice is fighting a terrifying battle. They know that every case they take on - from unaccompanied minors to asylum seekers - could be a matter of life or death. Yet the staff at Americans for Immigrant Justice stand strong, determined to be a voice for people who are often too afraid to speak. Part 2 - Kula for Karma "Mindfulness in the Real World" - It is interesting how, in our culture of information overload, truths become hackneyed... words appropriated and overused until they become cliche. The concept of mindfulness is a good example. The notion that peace and healing can occur by living in the moment is ancient. This is the story of a national organization that has taken something seemingly nebulous and built a real platform that is changing the face of healthcare: transforming lives in ways that can be measured with very real and provable outcomes. That organization, Kula for Karma brings therapeutic yoga, meditation, and stress management programs to those struggling with mental health, trauma, and addiction. They do this in major hospitals, treatment centers, schools and crisis centers. Kula is part of the solution, committed to changing the stigma around mental health. We take you to bear witness to the true and lasting impact of Mindfulness. The ancient truth is we don't have to suffer in silence.
  • Uncommon School
    Monday, December 28
    2:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Across America, a great struggle is underway. It is neither new nor is it likely to result in victory being declared because that is not how struggle works. "Better education for all" is a long arduous trek in which success is measured by reaching milestones on a road that never ends. Uncommon Schools started in Newark New Jersey in 1997. Today, it has 54 schools throughout the northeast in which 82 percent of the students are considered disadvantaged. Here's the kicker. 99% of their high school seniors are accepted to a four-year college. And they graduate from college at five times the rate of low-income students nationally. We go now to Boston where the principal of Roxbury Prep is herself an Uncommon School graduate.
  • Uncommon School
    Wednesday, December 23
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Across America, a great struggle is underway. It is neither new nor is it likely to result in victory being declared because that is not how struggle works. "Better education for all" is a long arduous trek in which success is measured by reaching milestones on a road that never ends. Uncommon Schools started in Newark New Jersey in 1997. Today, it has 54 schools throughout the northeast in which 82 percent of the students are considered disadvantaged. Here's the kicker. 99% of their high school seniors are accepted to a four-year college. And they graduate from college at five times the rate of low-income students nationally. We go now to Boston where the principal of Roxbury Prep is herself an Uncommon School graduate.
  • Jdc
    Monday, December 21
    2:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Feeding the hungry is among society's most fundamental obligations, but we also need to question why our neighbors are without food in the first place. In other words, "giving back" is necessary but not enough. We must search for ways to bring about lasting, systemic change, and that means redefining philanthropy as we know it today. Two years ago, a New York-based nonprofit called the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee - or JDC - had an idea. They started what's called a philanthropic loan fund to address poverty among Africa's smallholder farmers. Inspired by noted philanthropist and entrepreneur Seth Merrin, the program - known as TOV - offers farmers access to money, technology, and business training - with a goal of tripling every dollar invested. When farmers repay their loans, that money gets reinvested to support more farmers, and the effect ripples out from there.
  • Jdc
    Wednesday, December 16
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Feeding the hungry is among society's most fundamental obligations, but we also need to question why our neighbors are without food in the first place. In other words, "giving back" is necessary but not enough. We must search for ways to bring about lasting, systemic change, and that means redefining philanthropy as we know it today. Two years ago, a New York-based nonprofit called the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee - or JDC - had an idea. They started what's called a philanthropic loan fund to address poverty among Africa's smallholder farmers. Inspired by noted philanthropist and entrepreneur Seth Merrin, the program - known as TOV - offers farmers access to money, technology, and business training - with a goal of tripling every dollar invested. When farmers repay their loans, that money gets reinvested to support more farmers, and the effect ripples out from there.
  • United Religions Initiative
    Monday, December 14
    2:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Many of us are inundated with a seemingly unending torrent of negative images and ideas that spout forth from the digital devices that are our gateway to nearly all public discourse. Why? Because it works. It gets our attention. We are hardwired to prioritize and react to danger, real and perceived. People bent on fame, money or political power know this. They are hijacking our attention, not for a good cause but for a click, a like, or a quick buck. There is, and always has been, an answer to this attack. It is called Story. A well-told story can bypass the primitive parts of our brain and evoke emotions and ideas that unify us, empower us, allow us to share dreams of a better day. This is a story of a remarkable organization embarking on a global effort to use the power of story as an instrument of unity and peace. It is called URI or United Religions Initiative. It is a kind of United Nations of people of all beliefs, including atheists and agnostics. This is how it works. At least seven people come together to tackle a cause. The only requirement is that they represent at least three different religions or belief systems. This is called a cooperation circle. They do something together. Build a school, expose an injustice, fight poverty...rally against hate and violence. There are now a thousand of these cooperation circles in more than a hundred countries...creating life-changing stories. Come with us now and see the power of story.
  • United Religions Initiative
    Wednesday, December 9
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Many of us are inundated with a seemingly unending torrent of negative images and ideas that spout forth from the digital devices that are our gateway to nearly all public discourse. Why? Because it works. It gets our attention. We are hardwired to prioritize and react to danger, real and perceived. People bent on fame, money or political power know this. They are hijacking our attention, not for a good cause but for a click, a like, or a quick buck. There is, and always has been, an answer to this attack. It is called Story. A well-told story can bypass the primitive parts of our brain and evoke emotions and ideas that unify us, empower us, allow us to share dreams of a better day. This is a story of a remarkable organization embarking on a global effort to use the power of story as an instrument of unity and peace. It is called URI or United Religions Initiative. It is a kind of United Nations of people of all beliefs, including atheists and agnostics. This is how it works. At least seven people come together to tackle a cause. The only requirement is that they represent at least three different religions or belief systems. This is called a cooperation circle. They do something together. Build a school, expose an injustice, fight poverty...rally against hate and violence. There are now a thousand of these cooperation circles in more than a hundred countries...creating life-changing stories. Come with us now and see the power of story.
  • Waterkeeper Alliance
    Monday, December 7
    2:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Every day, we discharge more than 2 million tons of waste into our world's waterways. Because of climate change and pollution, half the globe could face a severe water shortage within the next ten years. Under the Clean Water Act, we have a right in this country to fishable, swimmable, drinkable water, but ask the people in Flint, Michigan -whose children now have lead poisoning after drinking from the long-polluted Flint River - whether that means anything anymore. We can pass all the laws we want, but unless someone is out there making sure they're being enforced, nothing will change. The Waterkeeper Alliance has more than 300 Waterkeeper organizations and affiliates patrolling and protecting about 3 million miles of waterway around the world. Whether they're on the water tracking down polluters or in the courtrooms enforcing environmental laws, these Waterkeeper warriors are leading the charge to save what's left of our water before it's too late.
  • Waterkeeper Alliance
    Wednesday, December 2
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Every day, we discharge more than 2 million tons of waste into our world's waterways. Because of climate change and pollution, half the globe could face a severe water shortage within the next ten years. Under the Clean Water Act, we have a right in this country to fishable, swimmable, drinkable water, but ask the people in Flint, Michigan -whose children now have lead poisoning after drinking from the long-polluted Flint River - whether that means anything anymore. We can pass all the laws we want, but unless someone is out there making sure they're being enforced, nothing will change. The Waterkeeper Alliance has more than 300 Waterkeeper organizations and affiliates patrolling and protecting about 3 million miles of waterway around the world. Whether they're on the water tracking down polluters or in the courtrooms enforcing environmental laws, these Waterkeeper warriors are leading the charge to save what's left of our water before it's too late.