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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, December 6, 2022

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First hour: Discussing how to help people who were formerly incarcerated re-enter the community

Second hour: How to make soccer accessible to all children

When people who were formerly incarcerated re-enter the community, they deal with a number of challenges: finding stable housing, employment, and dealing with stigma. The team at Legal Assistance of Western New York is helping break down those barriers. They join us to discuss their process, and we hear from a local resident who has benefited from that type of support. Our guests:

  • Jason Hoge, supervising reentry attorney at Legal Assistance of Western New York (LawNY)
  • Heather Crimmins, reentry attorney with the Center for Community Alternatives (CCA) 
  • Annette Monstream, service coordinator at the Judicial Process Commission (JPC) 
  • JoZ Powers, community health worker, and a certified peer advocate

Then in our second hour, in the United States, is soccer a sport for "rich white kids"? Former U.S. Women's National Soccer Team star Hope Solo says it is. And when Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic made the move to American soccer, he told reporters that he was surprised how expensive it was for his kids to play in youth leagues. So what would it take to make the sport accessible to everyone -- no matter their income or zip code? Our guests have experience in coaching and program building, and they discuss it:

  • Deon Rodgers, vice principal of East High School, and president of River Flow Soccer Club
  • Jim Herrmann, vice president of River Flow Soccer Club
  • Mike Henry, member of the board of directors for River Flow Soccer Club
  • Brad Dobney, youth soccer coach
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.