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ATTRACTING OUR YOUNG TO HELLENIC CULTURE AND HERITAGE (cont'd)

10. WEST COAST: In the West Coast of the United States, there is a crying need for an independent Greek-American TV station, with frequent programming relevant to Hellenic Culture. This will probably be the most powerful tool, especially for teaching the Language to young children right at home. Other minority groups enjoy extensive programs designed for their communities. Additionally, satellite transmissions from Greece can be very valuable, with good programming for the young. Another crying need within the San Francisco Bay Area is a Hellenic Cultural Center (HCC). For reasons that are not clear, such a project has never been actively pursued in this area and many people attribute the lack of impetus for a Cultural Center, to poor understanding of its huge potential for young people, in our Community.

A modern HCC in the San Francisco Bay Area is long overdue, and there is nothing else at present to take its place. The HCC is envisaged as a Center for Cultural, Theatrical, Musical, Educational (Lectures, Seminars, and Conferences on Hellenic Issues) Artistic, Scientific, and Archeological events (e.g. exhibits of antiquities from Greece), for fund raising, and other Community activities. Most of these events cannot be hosted at Churches and Cathedrals due to their non-profit, tax-exempt status. An HCC will be of enormous value to the Greek-American youth in the Bay area.

11. NEWSPAPERS AND PERIODICALS: With a few striking exceptions, there are a number of rather anemic newspapers and periodicals in America, devoted to Hellenic-American issues. We need improvement both in quality and quantity. Our Community has shown a low degree of support for Greek-American Mass Communication Media. This attitude must change. We urgently need a first class, National bilingual Daily Newspaper, which will cover both United States and Canada. Its beneficial impact on the Greek-American community, from coast to coast, will be crucial, with the 21st century just around the corner. Moreover, the use of personal Computers, of e-mail and the Internet, can do wonders in promoting Cultural, Educational, career related and other initiatives. The information revolution is upon us and it belongs mainly to the young.

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