Education is Key to Prosperity

Education is Key to Prosperity

As Director of Communications for Vision Maker Media, Susan serves as the liaison between producers, vendors and the organization.

Date Posted: 
2011-11-14 00:00

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I just finished reading an article by Cheryl Crazy Bull on behalf of Indian Country Today Media Network. The article, entitled "Education is Key to Prosperity,"really struck a chord with me, and I must say that I whole-heartedly agree.

Ms. Bull calls out how many people, after watching the ABC 20/20 special, "Hidden America: Children of the Plains" which depicted the daily lives of young people on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, asked what they could do to help. Pine Ridge is just one of many poor counties in the United States that expresses some of the symptoms of poverty which can include health problems, unhealthy addictions and lack of educational resources to reach full academic potential.

Recently, Vision Maker Media with major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting helped fund an episode for Bridge the Gap TV entitled Bridge the Gap to Pine Ridge.

In the episode, 24-year-old host Chris Bashinelli--of MTV and The Sopranos fame--exposes viewers to a positive, fresh perspective of life on the Pine Ridge Reservation. In the episode, Bashinelli drops in on the day-to-day lives of local residents to find out about life on Pine Ridge, their stories and how they see themselves in the larger context of the world.

Bashinelli commented, "It seemed like the most famous Reservation in the United States, the one that was most talked about on the news, the one that had the most negative stories. I thought, this would be a great challenge, let's flip this negative story on its head, let's put a story of hope out there."

Download the Chris Bashinelli podcast interview

Read the Chris Bashinelli article

Read the Indian Country Today Media Network article

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