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Coming up on Connections: Friday, June 25

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First hour: Discussing the Child Poverty Reduction Act

Second hour: What's new in the young adult and middle grade book scenes?The New York State Legislature passed the Child Poverty Reduction Act. The goal of the legislation is to cut childhood poverty in half within ten years. Now, the bill awaits Governor Andrew Cuomo's signature. Our guests discuss the legislation and how to achieve its goals:

  • Assemblymember Harry Bronson, District 138 
  • Larry Marx, CEO of The Children’s Agenda 
  • Aqua Porter, executive director of the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative 

Then in our second hour, Summer Book Week concludes with an hour devoted to books for young readers. Our guests:

  • Leslie C. Youngblood, Rochester-raised author of “Love Like Sky” and “Forever This Summer” 
  • Colleen Hernandez, teen and creative experiences librarian at the Webster Public Library, and co-director of the Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival 
  • Renata Corrado-Green, rising sophomore at Brighton High School 
  • Mackenzie Reed, author of “An Arsonist’s Guide to High School” 

This hour also includes conversations with Assemblywoman Marjorie Byrnes and Rochester City School District superintendent Dr. Lesli Myers-Small about what they're reading this summer.

You'll hear Scott in various capacities on WXXI either as a reporter, or hosting Morning Edition or All Things Considered.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.