The Live United Film Series, a three-part film series that aims to inspire, inform, and educate Central Texans about topics impacting our community, begins Jan. 28, 2010. The events will focus on education, financial stability, and Hispanic engagement and combine a film screening, followed by a moderated discussion with community leaders, issue experts, and community representatives.
“The film series is an opportunity for people to engage at a deeper level with community leaders around important issues that affect Austin,” said Ann Taylor, with the United Way Capital Area.
The first event in the Live United Film Series will focus on education with a presentation of the film It All Adds Up, which profiles the teachers and students of Wayne State University’s Math Corps, a groundbreaking organization that partners struggling middle and high school students from Detroit’s public schools with collegians, who help teach vital math and life skills the students need to succeed.
The results are impressive and life changing. After 16 years, more than 90 percent of Math Corps’ students graduate from high school and more than 80 percent attend college.
Following the film is a discussion with some unusual suspects: Dr. Michael Marder, UTeach Science Program at the University of Texas College of Natural Sciences; Clayton Christopher, Founder and CEO of Sweet Leaf Tea and a mentor with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Texas; and Liliana Ary, Client Services Director at Univision Radio, will participate in a discussion moderated by Jason Sabo, Senior Vice President-Public Policy at the United Ways of Texas.
“We wanted to get diverse points of views and experiences from our panel. We chose a good mix of people that represented education, from the institutional side to the grassroots,” said Taylor. “Everyone has a stake in education.”
The event takes place on Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. at KLRU’s Austin City Limits studio. Attendance is free and open to the public, but rsvp is requested at www.unitedwaycapitalarea.org.
The Live United Film Series is presented by Hands on Central Texas, a program of United Way Capital Area program and KLRU-TV, Austin PBS. People who are interested in the film, but unable to attend the event, can watch It All Adds Up on KLRU on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 4 p.m.
Other dates in the LIVE UNITED Film Series are:
• Feb. 25, 2010 – Focus on Financial Stability: Film TBA
• March 25, 2010 – Focus on Hispanic Engagement: Film TBA.