“Growing Up Poor: The American Dream Deferred” Virtual Event


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September 1, 2020


A Virtual Event


Tuesday, September 15th at 2:00pm EST / 1:00pm CST

Many families across America were already struggling economically — and then the pandemic hit. Millions of Americans are now without jobs, according to the US Department of Labor, with one-time stimulus checks and food stamps unable to cover the cost of living. Among those feeling the greatest impact: their children.  Join FRONTLINE and Chasing the Dream for a virtual event discussion on the current state of child poverty in the U.S., against the backdrop of the effects of the coronavirus and increasing racial tensions. 

The new FRONTLINE film Growing Up Poor in America, follows three children in the battleground state of Ohio as they navigate poverty, homelessness and renewed racial tensions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will feature clips from the film, and insights from filmmaker Jezza Neumann (director of Poor Kids), as well as academic and non-profit thought leaders, who will address the daily difficulties that families face, the role of public and social policies, and consider solutions for a more equitable future on the eve of the 2020 election.


Jezza Neumann: Film Director, Growing Up Poor in America
Kelly Hatas: Executive Director, HAPCAP (Hocking Athens Perry Community Action)
Dr. Tracy Najera: Executive Director, Children’s Defense Fund – OHIO
Denise Hill: Child/Parent Coordinator, Bethany House

Moderated by Dr. Dolores Acevedo-Garcia: Director, Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy, Brandeis University

Watch the premier of Growing Up Poor in America — tune in or stream on Tuesday, September 8th. Check your local PBS station listings. 

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