Parentology is proud to introduce Our Future Now, A National Children’s Campaign podcast produced by Goal 17 Media. The podcast, which will air new episodes each week, focuses on issues that impact today’s children, serving as a roadmap for families to take action and ensure their rights.
About This Episode
“Our priority is surviving.”
This powerful quote from Elsa Mengistu kicks off this week’s Our Future Now episode, “How COVID-19 is Harming Students and Families and What Should Be Done Now.”
Mengistu, a Howard University freshman and climate justice organizer, joins National Children’s Campaign Co-Founders Natalie Mebane and Jonah Gottlieb, Our Future Now’s hosts, for an in-depth look at the struggles college and high school students are facing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Grading system changes, digital disparity, and economic impact, such as the stimulus bill excluding students and what families of students applying to college now might be facing in terms of Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), are among issues discussed.
This brutally frank discussion explores systemic failures due to the coronavirus and offers up resources for taking action.
*This episode of Our Future Now was produced and edited by Sean Fox and Josh Kerns for Goal 17 Media.
Resources from This Episode
To learn more about how you can impact distance learning, here are two resources mentioned in the podcast:
The Our Future Now Collaboration
Our Future Now is a collaboration between Parentology, the National Children’s Campaign and Goal 17 Media.
The National Children’s Campaign (NCC) is a national nonprofit organization that amplifies the voices of America’s 74 million children and youth, making sure our nation’s political leaders prioritize issues –health, education, climate and environment, child welfare, gun violence, child immigration, LGBTQ+ rights, and youth civic engagement — that matter to those who are too young to vote.
Goal 17 Media is a media network producing podcasts, videos and documentaries that inspire individuals and contribute to the common good.
Our Future Now, a National Children’s Campaign Podcast is co-hosted by Jonah Gottlieb and Natalie Mebane. Gottlieb and Mebane are also co-founders of NCC. Gottlieb, a high school senior from Petaluma, California, is also the captain of One Planet Living and the co-founder and president of Global Awareness. Mebane is the Associate Director of US Policy for 350, an international movement looking to end the use of fossil fuels while promoting renewable energy.