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Sesame Street made a video, but it's not cute and it's not funny. It's just heart-wrenching.

When we think about prison, how often do we think about those left behind?

Sesame Street made a video, but it's not cute and it's not funny. It's just heart-wrenching.
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Sesame Workshop, the people behind "Sesame Street" (yes, that "Sesame Street!") got a group of young filmmakers who also have had a parent in prison together and asked them to talk about kids of incarcerated parents and visitation in prisons.


...which also means that we incarcerate more parents than anywhere else in the world.

If you think of a classroom as being about 28 kids ... there's one child in there with an incarcerated parent.

It's a traumatic thing, having a parent in prison. But there is *one* thing that helps the child:

Visiting their parent in prison.

Most importantly...

Being apart from a parent for any period of time is a significant disruption in the a child's life. Which is why it's so important to help children adjust to that separation...

Meet Travis. His mom is incarcerated:

Not being able to be with his mom every day is a pain that stays with him all the time. That's why his visits are so important.

He doesn't just see bars and barbed wire. He knows he's really about to see his mom.

For more stories from these youngsters with more emotional intelligence and grace than I have as an adult, watch the video below.

Now if you'd like to feel *ALL* the emotions, watch Sesame Street's "Little Children, Big Challenges" project. It's such a great way to help kids in this situation feel less alone and more understood.

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Inside the walls of her kitchen at her childhood home in Guatemala, Evelyn Klohr, the founder of a Washington, D.C.-area bakery called Kakeshionista, was taught a lesson that remains central to her business operations today.

"Baking cakes gave me the confidence to believe in my own brand and now I put my heart into giving my customers something they'll enjoy eating," Klohr said.

While driven to launch her own baking business, pursuing a dream in the culinary arts was economically challenging for Klohr. In the United States, culinary schools can open doors to future careers, but the cost of entry can be upwards of $36,000 a year.

Through a friend, Klohr learned about La Cocina VA, a nonprofit dedicated to providing job training and entrepreneurship development services at a training facility in the Washington, D.C-area.

La Cocina VA's, which translates to "the kitchen" in Spanish, offers its Bilingual Culinary Training program to prepare low-and moderate-income individuals from diverse backgrounds to launch careers in the food industry.

That program gave Klohr the ability to fully immerse herself in the baking industry within a professional kitchen facility and receive training in an array of subjects including culinary skills, food safety, career development and English language classes.

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Vanna White appeared on "The Price Is Right" in 1980.

Vanna White has been a household name in the United States for decades, which is kind of hilarious when you consider how she gained her fame and fortune. Since 1982, the former model and actress has made millions walking back and forth turning letters (and later simply touching them—yay technology) on the game show "Wheel of Fortune."

That's it. Walking back and forth in a pretty evening gown, flipping letters and clapping for contestants. More on that job in a minute…

As a member of Gen X, television game shows like "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Price is Right" send me straight back to my childhood. Watching this clip from 1980 of Vanna White competing on "The Price is Right" two years before she started turning letters on "Wheel of Fortune" is like stepping into a time machine. Bob Barker's voice, the theme music, the sound effects—I swear I'm home from school sick, lying on the ugly flowered couch with my mom checking my forehead and bringing me Tang.

This video has it all: the early '80s hairstyles, a fresh-faced Vanna White and Bob Barker's casual sexism that would never in a million years fly today.

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