American Graduate Champion: Courtney Jones

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

courtney-jonesToday’s Champion is Courtney Jones. Jones is the Founder and Executive Director of Change 1. This volunteer program brings together community organizations, non-profits, churches, and schools to increase volunteerism, mentoring, and fostering to those that are transitioning out of the foster care system. She is a social worker and  dynamic motivational speaker. Over the past 10 years she has advocated for youth and alumni in the foster care system and she is also a former foster youth. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Courtney Jones is an inspirational leader who has overcome tremendous adversity in her life. Statistics show that youth that age out of the foster care system are less likely to graduate high school or pursue a college degree. Courtney has beat the odds by pursuing a masters degree. Her story is one of hope, strength and courage.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

In the Studio: Overheard tapes Alex Gibney (3/11)

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Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Alex Gibney on March 11 at 10 am in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 9:30 am. The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP NOW

Alex GibneyAlex Gibney is an Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker. He won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature in 2008 for his film Taxi to the Dark Side. He received another Academy Award nomination in 2006 for Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, which also won the Independent Spirit Award and the WGA Award. Alex’s film Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief will air on HBO on March 29th. Based on Lawrence Wright’s book by the same name, the film was one of the most talked about at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Alex’s other new film, Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, is premiering at SXSW.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a fifth season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at this taping with Alex Gibney. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

Highlights March 8-14

KLRU Highlights

Relive the most magical moments from The Emerald Isle with the amazing artists of Celtic Woman who have touched your heart and lifted your spirit for the last ten years, on Celtic Woman Fan Favorites, Sunday at 7 pm, and again on Wednesday at 7 pm.

From the late 1940s through early 1950s, The Ed Sullivan Show presented special performances with original cast members from the most beloved stage musicals of Broadway’s golden age. Experience rare performances from The Ed Sullivan Show on Great Broadway Musical Moments, Sunday at 8:30 pm.

On John Denver: Country Boy, Sunday at 10 pm, Wednesday at 8:30 pm and Saturday at 7 pm, discover the man behind the music in this intimate profile of the legendary popular singer-songwriter.

Howdy, Texans! Learn about fraudulent and authentic Texas Declaration of Independence documents on Antiques Roadshow Austin Hour 2 Monday at 7 pm and Saturday at 10:30 pm.

Personal finance guru Suze Orman provides advice on how to make sound financial decisions while keeping “the goal of money” in mind on Suze Orman’s Financial Solutions For You, Monday at 8:30 pm.

Rick Steves’ Europe: Remote, Sacred, Wild celebrates the wonder of the great outdoors and religious sites in Europe and beyond, Monday at 10:30 pm.

Learn how to seek foods, recipes and menus that optimize health on Dr. Fuhrman’s End Dieting Forever, Tuesday at 7 pm.

In BrainChange with David Perlmutter, MD, neurologist Perlmutter gives his tips for eliminating carbs from your diet to improve brain function on Tuesday at 9 pm.

Laugh along with legendary comedian Victor Borge’s greatest moments on Victor Borge’s Timeless Comedy, Tuesday at 10:30 pm.

In Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo: The 35th Anniversary Tour, powerhouse duo and rock ‘n’ roll legends Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo showcase their undeniable chemistry and unprecedented sound to the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, Long Island. Airs at 10 pm on Wednesday.

Four stars of the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys perform hits of the Sixties in their first public television special, The Midtown Men Live in Concert, Thursday at 7 pm.

The Bee Gees: One Night Only, airing Thursday at 8:30 pm, features the group’s 1997 concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and includes hits “How Deep Is Your Love,” “Massachusetts,” “To Love Somebody” and more.

Experience the natural beauty of the Lone Star State on Texas: Above and Below, Thursday night at 10. This special features aerial footage of the state’s wilderness shot by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Self-help author Wayne Dyer gives viewers his take on how to “manifest that which is most important to them” on Dr. Wayne Dyer – Wishes Fulfilled at 8 pm on Friday.

After returning to Styles with Hastings, Poirot confronts a killer and his own conscience as he tries to stop a series of murders on Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case, Saturday at 8:30 pm.

 

Peg + Cat 100th Day of School

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To celebrate this year’s 100th Day of School, several partners held a Peg + Cat 100th Day of School event this past month. Both Foundation Communities: Trails at the Park and Boys & Girls Club East enjoyed playing the Peg + Cat “Peg’s Pizza Place” activity as well as select videos on the number 100.  For the second year, Anita Uphaus Early Childhood Center held a full morning of activities for their Kindergarten classes. The library was filled with centers all themed around the number 100!

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Anita Uphaus EC Center
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Boys & Girls Club East
Foundation Communities: Trail at the Park
Foundation Communities: Trails at the Park

American Graduate Champion: Karen Grampp

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

karen-gramppToday’s Champion is Karen Grampp. Grampp is a volunteer and coordinates Friday Backpack Program at Anderson Mill Elementary School, a Title 1 school in northwest Austin. The program provides food items for children to take home each Friday. The majority of these students primarily get their food from free breakfast and lunch at school during the week and would not have food on the weekends without the Friday Bakcpack Program. Grampp organizes a team of volunteers, primarily senior citizens from the Anderson Mill Senior Activity Center and the Church of the Savior, to both gather the food and pack the backpacks for the students. The recognition letter submitted by the community said:  ”Karen Grampp is thought of as the one who coordinates for the nourishment of our children’s bodies. The work she does is more than that. She gives senior citizens a purpose. She is a mentor to children and adults. Karen Grampp does more than provide food for the children of Anderson Mill. She helps prepare a future for our community.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

Today is the day to Amplify!

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Are you ready? Lets Amplify KLRU-TV!

In just a few short hours our city will make history and we need your help!

Give: Donate online starting at 6pm TODAY until 6pm on March 6th at amplifyatx.org/klru.

Engage: Join KLRU at Frank, 407 Colorado St 78701, at 6pm TODAY! Celebrate philanthropy in Austin and watch as your donation makes an impact. Hosted by NEXT, KLRU’s young professionals group.

Amplify: Your Amplify Austin gift to KLRU will make your PBS station eligible for bonus donations thanks to incentive donations from the day’s sponsors.

Thank you for supporting KLRU and bringing public television to our Central Texas community!

American Graduate Champion: Terrany Johnson

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

terrany-johnsonToday’s Champion is Terrany Johnson. For more than 20 years, Johnson has been a hip hop artist, producer and activist. He is founder of the Urban Artist Alliance, which is dedicated to the continued education of musicians. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: Johnson is inspiring because he is “an African American man born and raised on the east side of Austin, Texas who hurdled past obstacles to grow a business and a legacy. {He is inspiring to} others who rarely see that image to know it is possible to be what they want to be not what the media or others say they should be. He focuses on youth seeing an image of themselves doing great things to be able to break through constant walls designed to keep them back.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Favi Parrilla

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

favi-parrillaToday’s Champion is Favi Parrilla. Parrilla, a Parent Educator at Any Baby Can, provides case management services to pregnant/parenting moms. She works with clients one-on-one, most often meeting with them at home or school. She teaches them about child development, parenting skills, and together they set educational/career goals. She has also implement online literacy classes in conjunction with Austin Free-Net to help teach Any Baby Can clients basic online literacy skills including how to conduct an online job search. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “It’s inspiring to know that one idea can turn into a program which can then lead to others having a better understanding of the importance of education. As a result of someone’s idea, some of Favi’s clients decided to go back to school and finish their GED’s and also land full time jobs. This story can inspire others to use their ideas and turn them into realities for the benefit of helping others.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

 

American Graduate Champion: Joshua Moreno

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

Today’s Champion is Joshua Moreno, a teacher and coach at Paredes Middle School.  In this video, Christian Palacios, a student at McCallum High School, talks about why Moreno is his champion.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

Your Favorites Week Returns!

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You spoke and we listened! We’re kicking off our Spring Fundraising Drive and once again we’re pledging to do things a little bit different this time around.

You’ve told us that during our fundraising drives you don’t get an opportunity to support the programs that you regularly tune into here each week. In response, during our Winter Fundraising Drive, we provided you with one full week of your regularly scheduled primetime programming. Your Favorites week was such a success, we’re pledging to do it again!

Today, you can support Antiques RoadshowNova and Masterpiece Theater. And we have some fun ways to thank you when you support some of your favorite shows right now, like a chance to win tickets to see Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga at ACL Live at The Moody Theater on April 23rd or see an Austin City Limits taping of Sturgill Simpson on April 1st!

It’s a full week of YOUR FAVORITES and we’re counting on you to do your part to support the shows you rely on each week in order to help us transform the way we fundraise on-air.

Make a one-time gift or an ongoing, monthly gift online now – and keep the best in television, on television – for everyone in the Central Texas community!