Take the Mic

How are young people making sense of the world during our global pandemic and as thousands of citizens take to the streets demanding racial justice and police reform? KNKX’s Take the Mic youth voices series turns the “microphone” over to teens and kids, giving them the opportunity to share their stories during these extraordinary times.

Aiding the Southern Nevada Community through COVID-19

After the governor of Nevada ordered the closure of all schools in the state, Vegas PBS immediately took action. Using the station’s capacity for digital distribution and production, Vegas PBS facilitated at-home learning with curriculum-based programming, provided critical information about COVID-19 and assisted displaced workers with our online workforce training programs.

Downtown Film Festival

Everyone has a story, and this year those stories will be told in a big way at Downtown Film, with a full schedule of festival award-winning documentaries, interesting talk-backs, engaging workshops with filmmakers, local contests and more. As the sun goes down, the festival takes cinema under the stars for an after-dark film walkabout, with the top local videos from the American Portrait video categories projected onto the sides of Cookeville’s landmark west side buildings.

Beacons CodeKids

Twin Cities PBS (TPT) fostered critical STEM learning in Minneapolis Beacons Afterschool Clubs by engaging students, families and educators with an important 21st-century workforce skill: computer science and coding. To add to the fun, TPT invited kids’ favorite PBS KIDS characters to learn along by using the innovative Scratch Jr coding program.

Arkansas AMI

Arkansas PBS created more than 400 hours of content, 20 hours of original content and 24 lesson plans resulting in more than 300,300 video views – breaking all of our digital platform records – for schoolchildren in Pre-K through 8th grade. This daily and essential educational community service, especially critical for 42% of Arkansans who live in rural areas and may not have access to broadband, included five Arkansas Teachers of the Year as our daily hosts who provided a personal connection and daily routine kids were craving.

KidVision Healthy Habits Series

Series of one-minute interstitials (spots) featuring South Florida PBS KidVision’s Miss Penny providing information to families and children about the many changes in their lives due to Coronavirus, from practicing healthy habits to explaining why and how our lives and habits have changed due to the pandemic as well as preparing them for the new protocols they will see when they return to school.

LGBTQ Virtual Town Halls

The South Florida PBS Virtual LGBTQ Town Halls series consisted of four virtual town halls that were meant to provide an online platform where LGBTQ and straight residents could interact and share experiences in a safe atmosphere.

TV Classroom

WCNY created the TV Classroom Network in response to the educational needs of students, primarily the roughly 12,000 students in Central New York caught in the “digital divide” without access to broadband and therefore unable to participate in online learning offered by their schools. Beginning in March, 2020 WCNY produced and broadcast 45 hours per week of instructional television, preK-12 classroom lessons in key academic subject areas taught by local educators on a special set at WCNY. For those with Internet access the content was also livestreamed and available on-demand on the WCNY website.

WUFT “Downton Abbey” Movie Experience

WUFT created a first-time event for North Florida fans of Downton Abbey. This in-person event included a costume contest, admission to a movie screening and an opportunity for the community to interact with other local PBS supporters to discuss their one of their favorite shows. Two events took place in one day, and participants were able to give back to WUFT monetarily with a donation for admission to the event.