July 01, 2017 at 5:30 am

Meet the organization using an age old approach to overcome poverty and help young people chase their dreams. We sit down with Susan L. Taylor, the former Editor–in-Chief of “Essence Magazine” and the Founder of the National CARES Mentoring Movement program.   He grew up in a life of poverty, drugs and jail, but chased his dreams to become a voice for his community.  MetroFocus sits down with award-winning actor, writer, community arts activist, and most recently the star, co-writer, and producer of the film, “Chapter and Verse,” Daniel Beaty.   Do you have what it takes to change the life of a child?  If so, now’s your chance to become a mentor. We talk to Paula Gavin – the Chief Services Officer in charge of the new initiative, and Bianca Gottesman and Jade Nieves  – a mentor-mentee duo from the organization iMentor – which builds mentoring relationships that empower first-generation students in low-income communities.  The right to education, health, safety and equity. They’re all things that all children should be entitled to.  But for at risk youth getting them is not a guarantee. We caught up with the Executive Director of Children’s Defense Fund-New York, Samantha Levine, and one of the scholars who has beaten the odds, Elphram Chowdhury.


Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America is a multi-platform public media initiative that provides a deeper understanding of the impact of poverty on American society. Major funding for this initiative is provided by The JPB Foundation. Additional funding is provided by Ford Foundation.