SPECIAL EDITION: The Contemporary State of the American Dream

In this special edition of Chasing the Dream, our partners at MetroFocus highlighted four stories of people who use mentorship, storytelling and education to keep “chasing the dream.”


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 former 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 former Executive Director of Children’s Defense Fund-New York, Samantha Levine, and one of the scholars who has beaten the odds, Elphram Chowdhury.