Need to Know

Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. & Sundays at 11:00 a.m. on WXXI-TV & on City 12

Five years ago the saying "East High Lives" was like a mantra of sorts for students, teachers, and community members, desperate to keep the doors open at the century-old school. Fast-forward five years and a new mantra is starting to circulate. Today it's more common to hear, "All in at East" when discussing the school that's been under a microscope since its partnership with the University of Rochester launched four years ago. But to what degree does "all in" include the student voice and perspective? Here's what Need to Know learned after visiting the school throughout the past several months. We'll also hear from school superintendent, Shaun Nelms, about what's next now that the East-UR partnership has been renewed.

It's been called everything from "an experiment" to "a project." Now that a five year partnership between East High and the University of Rochester has been renewed, what's next, or rather, what should be next? Some graduating seniors have a few thoughts. We'll hear from them and their leader, Shaun Nelms, on this edition of Need to Know.

Also on the show, if you happen to have an idea that would make Rochester more awesome there may be some no-strings-attached funding to help launch that idea. We'll learn how it works.

Encouraging women to step into their power. That’s the focus of a new movement in Rochester. It’s called EVOLVE. The name is an acronym for: Education, Voice, Opportunity, Leverage, Value, and Empowerment. The movement will begin the first in a series of outreach and community events on June 27th intended to ignite passions, generate creativity, and share talents. The members join this edition of Need to Know to discuss why they believe their gatherings are relevant and needed.

A New York Times bestselling book by children’s writer Linda Sue Park helped put a once small, but mighty nonprofit on the global map. Today, Water for South Sudan is a name known around the world. Its work to bring clean drinking water to villages throughout the African nation is changing lives for young people in South Sudan. It’s also helping to raise a new generation of leaders as students in classrooms around the world join the cause. Salva Dut, whose story was shared in Linda Sue Park’s book A Long Walk to Water is the founder of the nonprofit birthed in Rochester. He joined Need to Know’s Hélène Biandudi Hofer during a visit to the states this month to discuss exciting changes being made.

A renowned project conceived in Rochester is turning school kids from around the world into leaders dedicated to changing and saving lives. On this edition of Need to Know, we’ll discuss the impact being made in the midst of challenging conditions.

Also on the show, if you have a passion or goal in life that you have yet to pursue or perhaps it hasn’t transpired the way you want - a new movement created by women for women wants to help.

Providing dignity to lives lost to homelessness while helping those in need get into the workplace. That’s the driving force of a local program called Memorials Co-op Ink – an effort of Saint Joseph’s House of Hospitality. The group creates wooden burial caskets and urns for indigent community members after death. Members of the group join this edition of Need to Know to explain the impact of this project not just in honoring the dead, but also in providing more life for the living.

When Daphne Pariser was 10-years-old, she traveled to Kenya with her father. What she saw on this trip would change her life forever. It was on a bus ride through Nairobi when she came face-to-face with a young boy living in extreme poverty. It was a moment that launched a life purpose for a 10-year-old girl. Fast-forward and the now University of Rochester PhD student is the Founder and CEO of Humans for Education. The nonprofit works to empower children and revolutionize global communities by working with locals to help them develop sustainable long-term solutions to poverty.

It was a bus ride through Nairobi, Kenya, that inspired Daphne Pariser to be the change she wanted to see in the world. More than a decade later, you'll learn how that bus ride led to an effort to change young lives in lands far away from Rochester.

Also on the show, you'll meet men on a mission to bring dignity to lives lost to homelessness.

Find out how a childhood experience spurred a local woman to find solutions to age-old problems far away from Rochester. Plus, providing dignity for Rochester’s indigent community after death.

A new exhibit is giving the public a taste of Queen Victoria’s style circa 1850. The exhibit also shares her influence on fashion and the impact of Queen Victoria’s style on clothing designs and creations in America. The Genesee Country Village and Museum is home to newly opened costume exhibit Victoria’s Closet: Fashions of the 1850s. On this edition of Need to Know, we learn about the relevance of fashions in the 1850s on our society today.