Beyond the Headlines

Show topic: Bay Area Leadership Foundation
January 10, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
ABC7's Emmy award-winning public affairs show, "Beyond the Headlines," provides in-depth coverage of the topics and issues facing the people of the Bay Area. Throughout the year, "Beyond the Headlines" airs half-hour specials on issues, ranging from Bay Area housing to same-sex marriage. BEYOND THE HEADLINES
January 10, 2010
Bay Area Leadership Foundation
Hosted by ABC7's Cheryl Jennings

This week's episode of "Beyond the Headlines" includes special guest host Dan Ashley. This show looks at insurmountable challenges many of our young people face, particularly those who live in disadvantaged communities.

We feature a non-profit organization that helps at-risk kids from the Bay Area get into college. The Omega Boys Club ? Street Soldiers of San Francisco ? has reached a milestone. They are celebrating the graduation of their 150th student from college!

A 2009 report by the Center for American Progress, a research and educational institute, finds that several barriers face students, particularly urban minority students, who want to go to college:
  • Students are not prepared academically,
  • They have trouble navigating the college enrollment process
  • And financial aid is declining while the cost of college is rising

One program that's bridging the gap for disadvantaged students is the Bay Area Leadership Foundation.

Studio Guests:
André Aikins
Operations Manager, Omega Boys Club
http://www.street-soldiers.org

Greg Young
Executive Director, Bay Area Leadership Foundation
http://www.eblf.org

Lamondo Hill
Senior, Kennedy High School (Richmond, CA)

Victor Perez
Senior, Pittsburg High School

Upcoming Event:
East Bay Awards
Saturday, January 23rd at 6:00 p.m.
Blackhawk Auto Museum
3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville
http://www.eblf.org

Additional Resources
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