Nine Network Special Programs 

Suspended Futures: The School Discipline Debate

"Suspended Futures:  The School Discipline Debate" is a forum, organized by St. Louis Public Radio, the Nine Network and Focus St. Louis, that will examine the link between school discipline, suspension and expulsion, and racial bias in the St. Louis region.

This 90-minute town hall will bring together students, parents, community leaders and non-profits to create further awareness of the issue, understand the problem’s larger impact, and find steps to achieve solutions. The live stream will happen Oct. 28 starting at 7 p.m.

MORE: Resources/information on school discipline in our region


Gentlemen of Vision

In the world of competitive stepping, they are the team to beat.  Off stage, the Gentlemen of Vision are growing up in struggling working class suburbs. Ferguson is their backyard and their reality.

In many ways, they are like countless kids from tough homes and neighborhoods, but they have a bond, a brotherhood, and a leader whose dedication is rock solid but his love is tough. Gentlemen of Vision founder Marlon Wharton has built the team’s winning tradition by acting as both stepping coach and life coach. He demands from them time, discipline, good grades, and a clear plan for a future after graduation. 

The film depicts the struggles and successes of team members during GOV’s 2015-16 season. For many, this is their senior year; as steppers their goal is to win the two major national competitions; as young men, their goal is to survive and move on to achieve their dreams.

​For information about hosting your own private screening or watch party, please reach out to Lindsey Forsythe at 

Learn how to support Gentlemen of Vision on their website. Get more information and resources here


Works in Progress 

Follow five St. Louis area students on their journey to graduate and succeed, while facing daily challenges and barriers on that path. “Works in Progress” presents a slice of life on each student and the issues that test them, including poverty, violence and drug abuse.

The 30-minute documentary premieres February 8 at 7 p.m. on Nine Network of Public Media.

Learn more about the students featured in the film here.


Saigh Symposium: The Path to Powerful Partnerships

On October 27, the Wyman Center, in partnership with the Nine Network, hosted its annual Saigh Symposium.

This year's focus looked at the regional partnerships that have formed around the youth. Community leaders discussed challenges, best practices and reviewed goals for improving the future of young people in our area.


Quality Early Childhood Education: A Solution for our Future Workforce

LUME CEO Steve Zwolak lead a 20-minute presentation followed by questions and answers about the importance of high-quality early childhood education, its impact on our economy and community and what business leaders can do to create change. 

His presentation was followed by a panel discussion with the live (studio and social media) audience.


Defining Our Schools

There are more than 100,000 public and private schools across the United States, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. But would you know the difference between a charter, magnet, private or your regular public school?

Defining Our Schools” takes a look into what are the differences between these schools, what defines them and what should parents and the community consider and know about each of them.


Building Blocks 

The Nine Network of Public Media's local web series, "Building Blocks," tells stories about what young people need to build the steps leading to high school graduation and future success.

Building Blocks, a local American Graduate web series, focuses on issues affecting young people such as poverty, the need for mentors and the positive role fathers play. 

The series covers an array of topics that contribute to raising children bound for success. Producers follow a Nurses for Newborns nurse on a call to a new mom; talk with a crossing guard whose experience with children includes her own eight children, 30 grandchildren and 34 great grandkids; meet beekeepers who are providing employment opportunities for underserved teens; and interview the director of the Broadway roadshow company of Motown the Musical, who offers his life as an example to kids wondering if it’s possible to get there from here.

Learn more about the webisodes here


Wyman Saigh Symposium 2014

Young people learn social emotional skills - positive or negative - no matter what we do. But how do they learn about these skills? The critical question to communities is: How are we being intentional about helping teens develop the positive skills and behaviors so critical to their success in life, work and family? Join us as Wyman addresses this important issue alongside a panel of national experts, including:

Hannah Baptiste - Program Associate, Susan Crown Exchange

Dale A. Blyth, Ph.D. - Extension Professor, Howland Endowed Chair in Youth Leadership Development, Senior Research Fellow, Center for Applied Research & Educational Improvement, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota

Hasan Davis - former Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice


Teen Town Hall


American Graduate Community Town Hall

PBS NewsHour's Ray Suarez hosted this town hall discussion on how we can work together as a community to improve outcomes for our young people. We invited parents, students, business leaders, educators and community leaders to discuss how we can drive solutions that are actionable.


Nine Network Teacher Town Hall

Nine Network kicked off its American Graduate efforts with the teacher town hall event in 2011. 

The town hall focused on capturing teachers' perspectives and ideas to generate understanding and engage the broader community in conversation and action around this important set of issues.

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