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Local radio program looks to the next generation of Appalachia

ATHENS, Ohio (April 26, 2004) -- When considering the future of an area, the youth are definitely one of its most valuable resources. In Appalachian Ohio, the Sojourners Care Network recognizes the importance of providing support and opportunities for children and young adults. On Tuesday, April 27, This Time Around: Reinventing Community, airing at 8:30 a.m. on the WOUB Radio Network, will explore how this organization is leading our youth into the future.

Join Producer Jennifer Curry as she visits Vinton County and discovers The Sojourners Care Network. Curry interviews founders Richard and Marcus Games; Director of Communications Shelly Horvath; and foster parent Mary Anne Taylor. Also, Curry speaks with a recently adopted foster child, Ceecee; Youthbuilder Ricky Simon; Youthbuild Program Coordinator Steve Young; and Appalyouth Program Director Timberly Singly.

The Sojourners Care Network is located in McArthur, Ohio. The organization began with the vision of two brothers, Richard and Marcus Games. Their first phase of development was responding to kids in crisis by providing foster care; currently 63 foster parents serve our region through this program. The second phase of their growth is youth development. "Youthbuild" is one program that provides GED preparation courses, as well as training in the field of construction to 16- to 24-year-olds. The third and newest role of Sojourners is that of intermediary: they award "Appalyouth grants" to high school students who develop original projects. These students work for non-profit organizations for one year and often serve on their boards.

This Time Around: Reinventing Community is a year-long series that explores the fabric of community, how and why communities change, and what the future may hold for Appalachian Ohio. Features focus on communities within the WOUB Radio Network coverage area and includes four quarterly call-in discussion programs. A companion website is available at: www.thistimearound.org  and allows community members to interact online. This Time Around: Reinventing Community repeats on Tuesday afternoons at 4 p.m. during Afternoon Edition on the WOUB Radio Network.

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Media Contact: Public Information Coordinator Olivea Oldham (740) 593-4944 or Olivea_Oldham@woub.pbs.org

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