A supplemental video to the Our Kids Series: The Our Kids O’Hare Seminar. A Panel hosted by Robert Putnam with leaders from some of the communities featured in the series.
"Thank you, Robert Putnam and the Media Policy Center, for this deep and comprehensive nationwide tour of programs and people who are role modeling creativity and commitment in helping our kids find their best. Thank you for showing us that we all need to reach out more and that, in doing so, bit-by-crucial-bit, we will find our best – as a neighborhood, a community, a nation.
"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.
"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.