Inclusion X Project

BenitoLink is a hyperlocal nonprofit news organization launched by two young Latino staff members with support from a local United Way grant. In 2018, BenitoLink expanded coverage of the local Latino community with funds from the Monterey Peninsula Foundation AT&T Pebble Beach ProAm. In summer 2019, BenitoLink brought on five interns for graphic arts, copy writing, computer applications, and marketing. Our computer science intern was funded largely by the Emma Bowen Foundation.

WBGO Media Fellows

WBGO Media Fellows is a paid fellowship program that opens the door for a public broadcasting employment experience members of our local community. Each year two students from Newark are given a “hands on” opportunity to be mentored by our station news team and our Jazz Night in America production team for 8 weeks during the summer. Fellows learn first hand everything from pro tools to podcasting; meeting etiquette to interviewing techniques. They have real time deliverables and are paid a realistic working wage.

Veterans Coming Home Finding What Works

KSFR partnered with the New Mexico Department of Veteran Services, Santa Fe Community College Veteran’s Resource Center, Santa Fe Vet Center, Horses for Heroes-Cowboy Up! and veterans groups to report on post 9-11 veterans’ re-entry into civilian life. The station helped organize a job fair for veterans that included screening the stories, speakers and entertainment for the veterans and their families. Over 300 people attended. This project was supported with funds from CPB.

Future Jobs: Growing Our Region’s Workforce

Future Jobs explores the employment careers/opportunities that are trending now and in the near future. Future Jobs helps job-seekers to discover new, promising career options as they start their job search, and raises awareness about the regional workforce development efforts already underway in the Pittsburgh region. Through documentaries, shareable digital shorts,, this multiplatform project delivers life-impacting information to the public—especially middle school students and teachers, targeting them at the right time of their lives.

Say Something! Youth Voices

Public Media Network (PMN) is a Public, Education, and Government (PEG) media arts organization founded to serve five Michigan towns: the City of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Township, Oshtemo Township, Comstock Township, and the City of Parchment. Say Something: Youth Voices provides area young residents access to training, equipment loans, media production facilities, programming distribution, and vocational instruction in media production to local high schools. PMN also operates WKDS 89.9 FM, a 100-watt FM non-commercial/educational radio station licensed to the Kalamazoo Public Schools.

Skilled Labor Initiative

As the only local TV station servicing the region, the management team of EMPIRE PBS, along with their partners, are creating a 5-7 minute digital educational series called “Empire Builders.” The short form series focuses on teaching people not only about career possibilities but also pathways toward that career, by telling news magazine styled stories of people of San Bernardino.

PBS Charlotte 3-D Project: Dreamers, Doers, Destiny (2018 Finalist)

Via a four-year community engagement campaign that began in fall 2017, WTVI PBS Charlotte partnered with local workforce-related organizations to roll-out a three-part media project (Dreamers, Doers, Destiny) designed to empower youth to capitalize on their dreams through excellence, efficiency, effectiveness and entrepreneurship. Our target goal is to engage with and help educate local public high school students and young adults in career pathways and leadership training leading to education completion and lasting success in the workforce. Read Current’s story about this project.

Reimagination

Reimagination is an innovative program for Pittsburgh area teen musicians in which they record their own original music in a professional studio with mentorship from seasoned artists and engineers. This project gives teen musicians a professional experience while they are still developing creatively, allowing them to understand what a career as a working musician might feel like. We released volume 5 in May and each of the artists we recorded with was able to perform at area festivals this summer.

GPS for Success

GPS for Success is a multi-platform website where students and adults learn about career opportunities, income potential and training requirements in 16 career clusters identified by a shortage of skilled workers. The goal is to help students of all ages explore different career options and prepare for college and/or a vocational career. GPS for Success is promoted through 35 school districts in upstate New York. Our local Community Colleges use the site as a tool for career counseling.