Student production crew for ECIER’s “Our Future” television show

When it's time to innovate, ECIER practices what it teaches

Contributed By:The 411 News

"Our Future" television show is a new pathway to engage students interests and broaden career possibilities

It has been a week of firsts for the ECIER Foundation's young scholars.

Students were featured on Good Morning America 3 Wednesday, May 26. The next day, their own television show "Our Future" premiered on the West Side Theatre Guild TV Channel with an interview of Val Warner, host of ABC-7 Chicago's Windy City Live.

ECIER Foundation encourages youth to realize their potential and achieve their dreams by offering pathways to develop their academic, creative, entrepreneurial and leadership skills.

"Our Future" television shows are an extension of the Foundation's mentorship program.

Chareice White, ECIER’s founder said, “We had to innovate and turn creative as the COVID-19 pandemic placed limits on students shadowing business leaders and attending workshops where they would learn more about their mentors' businesses and occupations."

Television production brought the business leaders to the students and in turn, became another pathway to engage students' interests and broaden opportunities for possible careers. In upcoming shows, mentors will be in the guest seat as the students take roles of television hosts, interviewers, floor directors, and operators of cameras, lighting, and sound.

The students and their parents, ECIER Board of Directors and Supporters of ECIER viewed the GMA3 show from the auditorium of the South Shore Convention & Visitors Bureau, Wednesday. Marcus Steele, a senior at Calumet New Tech High School is an "Our Future" host. "I do a lot of public speaking at community events. Television is something I have always wanted to do. This is my goal," Steele said.

Students must attend monthly workshops, design and implement an innovative project, perform community service, maintain the foundation's required grade point average, and participate in additional incentives that are offered.

Graduating seniors are eligible for college scholarships. From 2014-2020, ECIER distributed $223,600.00 in scholarships.

This year in a pilot program, ECIER opened the program to elementary and middle school students. Previously, the young scholars programs were available only to high school juniors and seniors.

”Our Future” is part of the lineup of the West Side Theatre Guild’s Spring 2021 season. Watch on demand by going to the WSTG-TV channel on YouTube! click the link

White said more "Our Future" episodes are in the can" and will be added to the WSTG-TV Channel lineup.


(L-r) Joshua Hogan, Bailey Stem Academy; Abigail Hogan, Williams School; Jamey Jones, Gary Middle School; Willie Wilson, Gary Middle School; Marcus Steele, Calumet New Tech High School; Ariana Love, 21st Century; and Breana Weathersby, Lighthouse High School.

Story Posted:05/31/2021

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