Defining US is produced by CWK Network. Our mission is to create a digital community classroom for social change. Educators and youth across our nation are leading a movement for hope and healing that advances human dignity and equity so every individual has the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Connect with Kids Network (CWK) combines the power of media and the promise of education to tell the compelling stores of people, communities, and organizations that are improving important social and emotional issues that define our times: race, gender identity, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, mental and physical abilities, and more.
Over two decades ago, CWK began producing and syndicating documentaries and corresponding educational resources on social issues distributed through a network of local school districts and local ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox television station affiliates reaching over 55 million households.
As cable distribution and digital video streaming became more mainstream, CWK focused on creating corresponding evidence-based educational resources, teacher training, and parent programs delivered through custom digital portals to school systems and other child-centered organizations.
CWK is an Effective Producer of Programs on the U.S. Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse and resides on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). CWK’s television documentaries have won over 27 Emmy nominations and awards.
“Love is the answer. I know it sounds quite simple, and it is as hard as it is simple but I’m talking about this love that leads to the liberations of peoples’ minds and souls.”
– Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Associate Professor of English Education Teachers College, Columbia University