There's been many instances of social unrest recently, particularly in regards to race relations.
Aside from the social unrest, the TV shows today -- even on networks geared toward kids, like Disney and Nickelodeon -- have overlays of "adult" themes.
With all that negativity, angst and grown-up ideas at hand, it can hard for kids to just be kids.
That's unfortunate, says special guest and musician, June Rochelle, because "you're only a kid for a short period of time," and that time shouldn't be wasted.
What is June doing to help combat the current state of affairs?
For one, she's been producing a kid-centered TV show called Learn the Word, which is geared towards urban youth -- kids that may not have the best opportunities in life. Through both celebrities and everyday people in the community, the show aims to encourage kids to stay in school, get good grades, and to be productive members of society.
Instead of hiring the hottest young talent, June goes into the community to find local kids who have talents to share. Her goal is to inspire these kids to come on board and use their imagination in all sorts of ways, whether it's singing, dancing or telling stories.
Kids need to know they're smart, witty and talented, despite what's going on in the world around them. From this knowledge will arise self-confidence and personal success.
How else is June helping the urban youth in communities around the nation?
She joins Andrea and Lisa to share her vision and hope for the future of the nation's youth, as well as the real strides she's made in accomplishing just that.