Silicon Valley Moms Group Conference Call With Katie Couric: Children and the Recession
When I received a call last Friday from CBS News Producer Tony Maciulis requesting I set up a conference call between the Silicon Valley Moms Group and Katie Couric, I was star struck. I have been a fan of Katie Couric for sometime, and was excited last March to have received a tour with other Silicon Valley Moms Group contributors of the New York CBS News studio.
Tony requested we invite some of our Silicon Valley Moms Group contributors across the country to join a conference call where Katie Couric would discuss various ways the recession and overall bad economy is impacting children and highlight resources available for people in need. She had just posted at the New York City Moms Blog about the topic: CBS Reports With Katie Couric - Children of the Recession.
To prepare, I clicked over to the CBS News website to read any updates on the Children and the Recession report. I saw a report about the 3.5M kids under 5 years old who are on the verge of going hungry and the report touched me deeply and personally, bringing back some painful memories from my own past. I remember when my parents divorced and we were on food stamps for a short time. I remember standing in line looking at the food stamps and thinking they were more colorful then a regular green dollar bill. I remember looking at the small amount of items on the checkout counter. I was proud of my hard working parents and realized that they, like many others, had fallen on hard times because of the job market. That experience helped me develop a very strong work ethic.
While preparing for our conference call, it became apparent that many of the Silicon Valley Moms Group contributors who would be on the conference call also had amazing personal stories to share about ways the recession has impacted their families. The call began, Katie Couric welcomed us and then shared some of the issues covered in the report including the Psychological Impact Of The Recession, Alternatives to Foster Care, Expanding Teacher Roles, How To Address Your Kids' Recession Fears and Children Of The Recession: How You Can Help - And Get Help. Katie Couric discussed one compelling story after another and was passionate about ensuring that people who need resources knew where to turn. It was a very engaging discussion with all on the phone sharing a common goal to pass on information about resources available for families impacted by the recession. Our contributors appreciated the value Katie Couric placed on their input.Continued on the next page