Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Video Resource to Address Urban Poverty

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Video Resource to Address Urban Poverty

Article excerpt

Municipal officials can draw upon new media tools to address urban poverty and ways to move people to employment and self-sufficiency.

Developed by Outreach Extensions, the National LEGACY Outreach Campaign invites city and town officials to use this free media resource to facilitate dialogue and foster solutions. Since November 1998, the campaign has worked in partnership with organizations and coalitions engaged in local initiatives to strengthen youth, families and communities.

Produced by Nomadic Pictures for broadcast on HBO in Spring 2001, the 90-minute LEGACY documentary tells the story of the Collins family in a depressed neighborhood in Chicago. In their struggle to accept the shooting death of a 14-year-old, Terrell, they transform their lives.

The Collins family found the community support structures--and internal spirit--to strengthen themselves and their family, and transcend the economic and social conditions of their lives. The family's eventual triumphs illustrate the possibility that more families can reach stability and safety.

The LEGACY campaign addresses significant urban poverty issues presented in the documentary, including: welfare to work, self determination, breaking the cycle of poverty, substance abuse to recovery, public housing to private home-ownership, youth violence and violence prevention, staying in school, youth supports, mentoring, economic empowerment, literacy and intergenerational relationships.

Community partners that have helped to develop the materials and strategies--and which are helping to implement the campaign--include: Interdenominational Theological Center, Generations United, Center for Community Change, Los Angeles Women's Foundation, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, United Way and the Association of Black Psychologists. …

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