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Catalyst Radio: Child well-being, addressing poverty the focuses of community effort

Local social service organizations are using the PBS documentary “The Raising of America” to foster dialog and work for solutions to childhood poverty.

About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speech issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

Past Catalyst Radio episodes are archived on The Rapidian.

The PBS documentary “The Raising of America” was pre-screened locally.

The PBS documentary “The Raising of America” was pre-screened locally. /The Raising of America

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In this episode of Catalyst Radio we learn about a multi-organizational effort to examine child well-being, and work for solutions to childhood poverty in the Kent County area.

As an initial effort to foster dialog on the issues, the public, local officials, and local social service agency leaders were invited to a pre-screening of the upcoming PBS documentary “The Raising of America,” which not only exposes factors that put children’s wellbeing at risk, but also seeks to change the conversation surrounding the issues.

The local documentary screening was just the beginning in a series of local efforts to look at and address how social conditions affect childhood development.  Representing two of the organizations involved in the effort are Karyn Pelon of Kent County Health Department, and Shawnte Williams of Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative.



The music featured in this episode of Catalyst Radio is from Spirit Nation, with the song “Children are Sacred.”

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