Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America is a multi-platform public media Initiative that aims to provide a deeper understanding of the impact of poverty on American society: what life is like below the poverty line, its impact on our economic security and on our children, and what has happened to our age-old dream of striving for a better life. We’ll also highlight solutions: what has worked – and what is working to bring people out of poverty – and what lessons we can and must learn for the future.

Jacquie, a Grill Cook, on the potential impact of the minimum wage increase.

Tomeico talks about the challenges of affording child care.

YouthBuild Schenectady helps young adults transform their lives and communities.

College Hometown Pharmacy is helping to remove barriers to healthcare.

Schenectady Bridges assists people on the journey from poverty to sustainability.

The Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley helps individuals with disabilities.

See how Capital District programs provide access to healthy foods at an early age.

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Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America is a multi-platform public media initiative that provides a deeper understanding of the impact of poverty on American society. Major funding for this initiative is provided by The JPB Foundation. Additional funding is provided by Ford Foundation.