“A Path Appears” PBS series begins Monday, Preview tonight on Nightline
Youth Villages was one of the nonprofit organizations highlighted in journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book “A Path Appears.” Monday PBS will debut a four-hour video series showcasing stories from the book.
Tonight Diane Sawyer will give ABC Nightline viewers a preview of the series in an interview with Kristof.
Kristof mentions Youth Villages during his book tours.
“Youth Villages is just a wonderful example of the kind of evidence that has emerged,” he said. “Here you have a program that helps at-risk teenagers that was built on evidence and carefully trying different approaches, seeing what works and bringing that into the model. Youth Villages is spreading across the country because local and state governments have realized that they can save a ton of money. It turns lives around, but the thing that is equally striking about it is that it works, and it saves money as well.
“A basic maxim of the 21st century is that talent is universal, but opportunity is not,” the author said. “Youth Villages is one of those that are helping make that a little less true by spreading opportunity.”
“We look at these monumental problems, and they seem so daunting, Sheryl WuDunn said. “But we can change the course of history. We can set these young children onto a much more promising path.”
The PBS series has the same goal of revealing societal injustice and highlighting successful initiatives. The series follows Kristof, WuDunn and a group of celebrity activists on a journey across the country and around the world as they uncover human rights violations and gender-based oppression. The celebrities include Malin Akerman, Mia Farrow, Jennifer Garner, Ashley Judd, Blake Lively, Eva Longoria and others.
“The title is from Lu Xun, a prominent Chinese writer, who said that hope is like a path in the countryside,” WuDunn said. “At first, there is no path but as more and more people walk again and again, a path appears. A solution appears. It is about innovative strategies for making a difference.”