The Power of TV: Homelessness in Storytelling

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October 27, 2020

About The Event

The Power of TV: Homelessness in Storytelling

Presented by KIA Motors America

Each year, approximately 1 in 10 young adults and 1 in 30 adolescent minors experience homelessness. And while a troubled economy and a pandemic assures that these numbers will only increase, homelessness is often overlooked in the media.

A panel of creative talent, industry pros, and advocates will discuss the on-screen representation of youth homelessness, exploring how the creative industry can shed light and attention on this largely invisible community through compelling and authentic storytelling.

Panelists include: *

  • Lucien Christian Adderley, Writer, David Makes Man
  • Kat Lilley, Guest Advisory Council, Family Promise
  • Kay Oyegun, Writer, This is Us
  • Lyric Ross, Actor, This is Us
  • Kevin Ryan, CEO, Covenant House
  • Richard "Byrd" Wilson, Writer, David Makes Man


  • David Ambroz, Executive Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Walt Disney Television

This is a free, public event of the Television Academy Foundation.

Covenant House
For more than four decades, Covenant House has helped over one million young people facing homelessness gain the skills necessary to build their futures. We offer housing and support services to young people in need - currently reaching nearly 50,000 youth every year. Learn more at
Family Promise works in 200 communities in 43 states to create innovative solutions to family homelessness, including prevention, shelter, and stabilization programs. More than 200,000 volunteers help Family Promise deliver its impactful work to empower families into sustainable independence. Since its founding in 1988, Family Promise has served more than 1 million family members, and aspires to change the future for 1 million children by 2030. Learn more at
StandUp for Kids is a national non-profit organization dedicated to ending the cycle of youth homelessness in local communities like yours. Since 1990, they have cared for unaccompanied homeless and at risk youth – and young parents with children of their own – by transitioning them from crisis to connection, and now have programs operating in seventeen locations around the country. They give their youth a sense of safety, hope, and belonging through housing support, mentoring, drop-in centers, and street outreach. You can learn more at

Special Thanks to

KIA Motors America is the presenting sponsor of "The Power of TV: Homelessness in Storytelling." KIA donated $2 million this year to multiple nonprofit partners fighting youth homelessness in 2020 including Covenant House, Family Promise, and Stand Up for Kids.

Can't make the event? No problem! This event will be recorded and you can watch on the week following the event.

Produced By

This event is presented and hosted
by the Television Academy Foundation.

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October 27, 2020
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5:00 pm PDT



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