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

Saigh Symposium: The Path to Powerful Partnerships

On October 27th, 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.


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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