Events and Happenings

"In a time when our country seems to be moving towards more ideological extremes, work such as "Our Kids" is incredibly important; it shines light on examples in the country where the social fabric of our country is diverse and strong in the area that our future most depends - the growth and development of our children."

- Todd Dickson, CEO, Valor Collegiate Academies, Nashville, TN

"The work of the Media Policy Center and, in particular, their focus surrounding Robert Putnam’s “Our Kids”, is vitally important as we consider the future health of our country.  In reality, “Our Kids” are “Our Future.” Spotlighting initiatives around the country that are kid/family centered and offer real hope for bridging the opportunity gap that is growing in America, will certainly ignite important discourse and lay a path for hope and change.

- Dr. Kevin Huffman, Principal, Robberson Community School, Springfield, MO

"As adults, many of us take our stable foundations for granted. I cannot stress enough the importance of awareness when it comes to kids in poverty. "Our Kids" will shed a much needed light on the impact of poverty in America and how the stress of poverty bleeds into every facet of life, especially when it comes to youth. The widening opportunity gap of this country is often unseen and unacknowledged by those of us who are privileged enough to do so."

- Amy Blansit, Drew Lewis Foundation, Springfield, MO