Roadtrip Nation: Ready to Rise makes stop in St. Louis

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Roadtrip Nation: Ready to Rise premieres March 3 at 10pm on Nine PBS.

Roadtrip Nation’s latest one-hour special, “Ready to Rise,” brings three young adults to St. Louis amid a number of other cities in search of inspiration and guidance for their futures. All have one goal – find a better way of life.

They’ll travel across the country to Los Angeles, Denver, St. Louis, Chicago and the Bronx and meet inspirational leaders along the way, such as author and entrepreneur Chris Gardner whose life was documented in “The Pursuit of Happyness.”

California native Ryan,  20, has already experienced homelessness. Summer was born prematurely to a drug-addicted mother and put in foster care in California. Michael, 24, grew up in the Bronx, N.Y.; he joined a gang to survive, dropped out of high school, and was later locked up in a juvenile detention center.

All three of these young adults have experienced hurdles that could have led them to the life of a “disconnected youth,” but instead have decided to pave their own path.

A “disconnected youth” is someone between the ages of 16 and 24 who neither is in school nor has a job. Currently, there are about 5.5 million Americans who are “disconnected youth.”

According to Measure of America, the “disconnected youth” rate in St. Louis metro area is 14.2 percent, which is slightly below the national average and translates to 49,000 youth impacted in the region.

This one-hour special focuses on the difficulties that some young adults have to overcome and the disadvantages they have to face to compete in the competitive job market.

You can tune in to Nine PBS March 3 at 10 p.m. to watch “Ready to Rise.”


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