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Pioneer Tour, Ross Eliis

Bullying affects millions of children every year and the consequences can be heartbreaking. But people like Ross Eliis, founder and President of StompOut Bullying, provides tools and resources to students, parents and educators to help create a more inclusive environment for kids. Nelda invites Ross and a group of New York City high school students to see The Prom, the Broadway hit musical that focuses on prejudice and bullying behavior in a small-town school and community. Together, they discuss their thoughts on the show and how it relates to what they experience in their own communities.


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From Broadway hits like The Prom that show us how to build community and acceptance, to documentary filmmakers that lay bare the unique trauma of 9/11 children. From hometown heroes that give back by supporting foster children, to small town personalities that share their everyday lives; they get us to think or move us to laugh and cry right along with them.
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Pioneer Tour, Susan Ramirez

While attending a conference on foster care in 2010, Austin Angels founder Susan Ramirez made a decision to create change in the foster care system. What started as a local movement in Austin Texas quickly became a national non-profit with a focus on improving the foster experience for children and the foster families. Nelda sits down with Susan to discuss what helped her make this decision, and the impact she has seen on the families involved.
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Pioneer Tour, Linda Kohanov

Relationships are an important part of being human. We strive for deeper connections with our families and friends, co-workers, or even those we casually meet throughout life. And Linda Kohanov has created an innovative way for people to learn how to communicate more effectively with one another, through working with horses.
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Pioneer Tour, Melissa Radke

After an ah-ha moment on her 41st birthday, Melissa Radke made a promise to herself to change her life for the better. Now an author and reality tv star, Nelda sits down with Melissa to discuss the promise she made, the risks she took, and how that journey has led her to where she is today.
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Pioneer Tour, James Mays

Kids in Austin Texas are learning the values of collaboration and community by living the “Rock’n’Roll lifestyle.” Once used as inspiration for Richard Linklater’s feature film School of Rock, founder and philanthropist James Mays runs The Band Aid School of Music, a special place that introduces young musicians to Rock music, and so much more. Nelda sits down with James as he discusses what it’s like to go from professional musician to hometown rock and roll educator and why it’s an important lesson in today’s world.
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