TORONTO, Sept. 3, 2013 /CNW/ - From September 9-13 at 8 and 11 pm TVO's flagship current affairs program, The Agenda with Steve Paikin, presents Dude, Where's My Future?, a week-long, multiplatform look at the hopes and concerns Canada's young people have for the future in terms of employment, education and prosperity.
"September is often associated with a fresh start," says anchor and senior editor, Steve Paikin. "There's excitement for what lies ahead as recent grads assess job opportunities, university and college students head back to class, and young people in general take stock of their prospects. This is an ideal time for The Agenda to take an in-depth look at the state of Canada's youth and engage them, both on air and online, in a candid discussion about the economic realities they're facing."
The Agenda welcomes young people, academics, and other experts to discuss and debate what the future holds for Canada's youth. The week kicks off with a roundtable discussion with people in their 20s about the challenges and opportunities for their future employment and quality of life. The series continues with a look at the long-term consequences of high youth unemployment, planning for turbulent economic times, and the experience of young immigrants with access to jobs. The Agenda will also look at the skills needed for jobs today and tomorrow, and discuss whether it's still possible to do something you love and get paid for it. Later in the week The Agenda will take a broader view of the story by looking at where there might be room for optimism and comparing the situation of today's youth with past generations.
The Agenda's Dude, Where's My Future? series also features exclusive online content at tvo.org/theagenda. Before and during the week of September 9, The Agenda's producers invite young people to share their anxieties about the future on the Web and through social media. During the week, there will more content from guest bloggers on how the job scene will evolve as boomers retire and how the economic downturn has impacted youth on a global level. There will also be video from former guests on The Agenda giving advice to their 23-year-old self such as Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi, filmmaker Ann Shin (The Defector), and author Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner). Producers from The Agenda will also host Google+ hangouts including one with film critic Geoff Pevere discussing films and television programs that portray the struggles of youth today, and another with recent Irish emigrants looking for job opportunities in Canada.
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