Find out what it takes to be a social change agent in your community


    What does it mean to be a “change agent?” What skills and talents would serve you well as you seek to make a difference in your community? Learn from students and adults making a difference in the St. Louis area on this episode of HEC-TV Live! History in the First Person: Being a Change Agent!

    Be inspired. Share your inspiration. Make a difference. 

    “Being a Change Agent” is another episode of HEC-TV Live!’s ongoing series, History in the First Person, that provides students and people all over the world the opportunity to interact live with individuals who have lived the history they are studying and are interested in.

    For this sixty-minute program, the audience will have the opportunity to interact directly with individuals who are “change agents” making a difference in their community, by emailing questions to or following along with #Gateway2Change on Twitter!

    The panel will include individuals with long and storied careers in the world of community activism and social change as well as high school students who are busy making history today through their involvement in the St. Louis-based Gateway2Change movement. The panel includes:

    • Nina Miscovic, Seckman High, social change agent
    • Jaylen Bledsoe, Hazelwood, entrepreneur and motivational speaker
    • Shawn Filer, McCluer, social change agent
    • ​Drew Schwartz, founder of Gateway2Change
    • Dr. Tiffany Anderson, Superintendent of Jennings School District

    To schedule interviews with members of the panel, contact Christina Chastain at or (314) 956-2703.

    Program conversation will focus on big picture questions such as:

    • Why decide to make a difference in your community?
    • What skills and talents would serve you well as you organize for change?
    • How do you define “success” as a change agent?

    Panel members will share their stories and expertise with our student audience and viewers from around the world. We’ll learn about the important work being done by students in the Gateway2Change movement and how others can become involved in that work.

    How to watch and have your questions answered on live television: 

    1. Via Internet–All our History in the First Person programs are streamed live at on the program day. For our programs focused on “Being a Change Agent” at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 31 just go to our home page at the program time.

    2. Via Television–All our programs are available in the St. Louis metropolitan area on HEC- TV, Charter Communications digital channel 989 and AT&T U-verse channel 99.

    Make sure to email any questions to if you’re watching online or over-the-air, or follow along with #Gateway2Change on Twitter! 

    3. Archival Viewing — Can’t join us live? No problem! All History in the First Person programs are archived on and on the HEC-TV page on iTunesU for on-demand viewing at any time. Archives are usually up and running about a week after the program’s original air date.

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