Flashpoint: Class of 2020 grieves graduations, but creates new celebrations; Philly schools' digital learning; NOMO Foundation

May 10, 2020 - 6:37 pm
This week's panel includes Andrea Egert, Aniya Mack, Jena Meile, and Steven Scott Bradley.

Courtesy of Andrea Egert, Aniya Mack, Jena Meile, and Steven Scott Bradley

This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about the impact of mass cancellation of graduation ceremonies for the class of 2020. 

Nicknamed "the class of COVID-19," every level of the educational milestones have been impacted by the pandemic, with many adolescents and young adults feeling out of sync with life. Milestones like graduation are culturally and psychologically significant rites of passage. How do you grieve what was? How do you process the loss of an event during such a trying time?  

Psychotherapist Andrea Egert joins recent and soon to be graduates of the class of 2020 as they process the loss of some of their personal rewards for years of hard work, like prom, senior trips, and more. Jena Meile, a recent Temple University graduate is on the panel alongside Steven Scott Bradley, Saint Joseph's University '20 and Aniya Mack, a soon to be graduate from Academy at Palumbo High School.

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Dr. William Hite
Courtesy of Dr. William Hite
The newsmaker of the week is the Philadelphia School District. In a matter of weeks, the district facilitated the transition from analog to digital, distributing over 80,000 Chromebooks to students. How did the transition go? Will it be enough to keep students on track? What were some of the challenges and successes? Superintendent Dr. William Hite joins us.

The Patriot Home Care Changemaker of the week is the NOMO Foundation, an organization that provides support and opportunities to at risk youth. The nonprofit is the aftercare solution for the F.A.C.T. program, "Fathers and Children Together," which reunited incarcerated men with their children. The group is working to put together a citywide prom and graduation ceremony for youth. COO and Program Director Dawan Williams is our guest. 

NOMO Foundation
Courtesy of NOMO Foundation

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