Friday, April 12, 2013

Proverty in America: Teen Film.

Teens turn lens on 'shocking' poverty

Charles V. Tines / The Detroit News
In their film, Troy students Jason Ji, left, and Frank Boudon make the case that the nation's poverty crisis could be solved by reforming education.
By Lou Dubois, NBC News
What a difference 20 miles makes.
In Detroit, the median household income is $27,862, and 57 percent of the children live below the poverty line.
Roughly 20 miles to the north is the affluent suburb of Troy, Mich., where the median household income is almost $117,000, and nearly all high school graduates go on to college. Money Magazine has named Troy, with its great safety record and stellar community sports programs, one of the best small cities in America.
Frank Boudon and Jason Ji are sophomores at Troy High School who are getting national attention for their unique look at poverty, which they call the most pressing issue facing this country.
“While we may be just kids,” Ji told NBC News, “we are deeply aware of the issues that impact our surrounding communities. Living in metro Detroit has exposed us to the tragedy of poverty. It is shocking to see the number of peers and young children living in poverty.”
Their short film, “Poverty: America’s Untold Crisis,” was among the top finishers in a C-Span contest that drew nearly 2,000 submissions from students nationwide.
“At the most basic level,” Boudon added, “I, like the majority of humans, hate to watch others suffer. Drawing attention to the issue of poverty was a way to promote interest and spur action for the cause. “

National Webcast Initiative - CALL FOR PRESENTERS

The National Webcast Initiative is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center as a means to provide timely and relevant cyber security education and information to a broad audience. We are pleased to announce the date and topic for the next webcast in our series and are soliciting interested parties for presenters.

Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern
Topic: The Anatomy of a Cyber Attack: Using Behavioral Forensics for a Rapid Detection

We encourage creativity in the presentation topic in order to increase knowledge about the topic to the audience. In order to maximize the value of the event for attendees, documents such as glossaries, checklists, etc. will be solicited from the presenter for posting to the National Webcast Initiative public website prior to the broadcast.

IMPORTANT: Please read the information below thoroughly for details regarding how to submit your presenter information, what to present, important dates, rules of engagement and future webcast topics. All presentations must be vendor neutral.

If you are interested in being considered as a presenter, please forward the following information to the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) at

  • Name of presenter, title and organization
  • A one or two paragraph biography of the presenter
  • A few bullet points about what the presenter may be able to talk about regarding this webcast topic.
  • Contact Information

Presentation Guidelines -- Rules of Engagement for National Webcast Initiatives:
  • Presentations must be vendor and product neutral
  • Two presenters may be selected.
  • Each webcast is one hour in length. Typically, the first 45 minutes reserved for content; remaining 15 minutes for questions.
  • Presentations are recorded and offered publicly on the National Webcast Initiative web site.
  • In order to make the session interactive, webcast attendees have the ability to submit written questions during the broadcast.
  • Vendor cannot participate in 2 consecutive webcast sessions.
  • In order to maximize the value of the event for attendees, documents such as glossaries, checklists, etc. will be solicited from the presenter for posting to the National Webcast Initiative web site prior to the broadcast.
  • It is preferred (but not required) that presenters will conduct the webcast on-site at the MS-ISAC in East Greenbush, NY.
Schedule for the June 5th National Webcast Initiative presentation:
April 10th -- Call for Presenters Distributed
April 19th -- Deadline for Call for Presenters
April 30th -- Selection of presenters
May 16th -- Webcast registration opens
May 31st -- Deadline for presenter powerpoints and related documents for posting on the website

Thank you for your continued interest and involvement.

The National Webcast Initiative: The Department of Homeland Security and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) have partnered to establish the National Webcast Initiative comprising a series of national webcasts that examine critical and timely cyber security issues. Embracing the concept that security is everyone's responsibility, these webcasts are available to a broad audience to help raise awareness and knowledge levels. A number of vendors have offered their services at no cost to help develop and deliver the webcasts. The New York State Forum and its Security Workgroup also partner with the MS-ISAC in coordinating the National Webcast Initiative.

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