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Turning Conversation into Compassion - Mister Rogers style.

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An exclusive event featuring San Antonio’s youth engaging in dialogue on how San Antonio can become a more compassionate city will be guided by the First Lady of San Antonio, Erika Prosper along with emcee Molly Cox, president and CEO of SA2020. Students will also find practical ways to act with compassion in their own community and neighborhoods and even receive prizes for checking off every action.



Thursday, July 19, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the KLRN Studio located at 501 Broadway Street, San Antonio, Texas 78215.

Erika Prosper, First Lady of San Antonio, will address youth at 11:15 a.m.
Molly Cox, president and CEO of SA2020
Arthur Emerson, president and CEO of KLRN
San Antonio’s Youth


  • “Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like” is being previewed with area youth to start a conversation about how to live and engage with compassion and kindness. Erika Prosper, first lady of San Antonio, will engage with youth in honor of the first anniversary of San Antonio being declared a compassionate city.

  • “It’s all about our children, and KLRN is proud to be the home of Mister Rogers where we teach kind and compassionate attitudes—through both his original program and the popular spin-off program, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” said Arthur Emerson, president and CEO of KLRN Public Television. “Knowing that his messages are just as relevant today as they were when he first delivered them long ago speaks volumes to the legacy he has left with our viewers.”

  • “The San Antonio Area Foundation has invested in our area’s youth for over half a century on behalf of our caring donors”, said Becca Brune, president and COO of the San Antonio Area Foundation. “Through the generosity of the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation, youth who attend have an opportunity to invite a friend from a compassionate perspective to join them for summertime movie fun.”

  • Compassion and kindness help youth in multiple areas of life. According to Stephen Post and Jill Neimark, authors of Why Good Things Happen to Good People, those who do good have healthier hearts, are less depressed, have higher self-esteem, and are generally more successful. Also, brain development in the teen years is rapid. In a 2016 longitudinal study of nearly 500 teens between the ages of 13 and 18, researchers found that cognitive empathy skills help teens regulate their emotions, improve their listening skills and strengthen their ability to tolerate conflict.


About KLRN
KLRN is the Emmy-Award winning Public Television station for South Central Texas broadcasting to a 30-county radius. The mission of KLRN is to open a world of lifelong learning through trustworthy and enriching programs on-air, online and in our community

About SA2020
SA2020 was launched in 2010 as a strategic planning process for San Antonio. In 2012, SA2020 became a nonprofit organization whose mission is to drive progress toward a shared vision for a thriving San Antonio. SA2020 reports on community indicators, informs and activates the public, and aligns efforts toward the community’s goals. Visit for more information.

About the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation, a fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation

The John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation, a fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation, was created by John L. Santikos – entrepreneur, real estate developer and movie theatre businessman – who passed away on December 30, 2014. Mr. Santikos gifted the bulk of his estate to the San Antonio Area Foundation to establish his legacy, continue the successful operation of his businesses and make significant annual donations beyond his lifetime. He directed his support for nonprofits in eight Texas counties who offer a wide range of charitable programs. Learn more at

Katrina Kehoe
VP Communications and Marketing