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Coming up on Connections: Friday, September 24


First hour: How two local organizations are helping people who have been disconnected from the workforce

Second hour: Discussing the launch of the AMPED climate initiativeTwo local organizations have made it their mission to help people who have been disconnected from the workforce find new jobs and careers. Miss Julie's School of Beauty is a faith-based cosmetology school that will offer training to survivors of human trafficking. Imprintable Solutions offers internships to at-risk youth. This hour, we hear from leaders and trainees at both organizations about how their work is changing lives. Our guests:

  • Julie Chapus, director and instructor at Miss Julie’s School of Beauty
  • 'Noelle," future trainee at Miss Julie’s School of Beauty
  • Tina Paradiso, president of Imprintable Solutions
  • Breanna, team member at Imprintable Solutions

Then in our second hour, on Thursday, a number of local partners announced the launch of a new climate initiative. AMPED is aimed at promoting the use of carbon-free electricity to power the region’s buildings and vehicles. According to AMPED’s leaders, about three quarters of the region’s climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions come from buildings and transportation. How can companies go “all electric”? What are the costs? What are the long-term impacts? Our guests answer these questions and more:

  • Marc Cohen, chief of staff at the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce
  • Dave Beinetti, chief marketing officer for SWBR
  • Abby McHugh-Grifa, executive director for the Climate Solutions Accelerator of the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region
  • Mike Waller, director of sustainability and special assistant to the CEO for Rochester Regional Health
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.