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Produced by Heartland Media of San Francisco and winner of 24 major national awards, including the Parent's Choice Gold Award, LifeSteps is presented by KQED Public Television, San Francisco and distributed to public television stations nationwide by American Public Television. Funding for the national broadcast was provided by See's Candies.

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National Broadcasts of LifeSteps has been renewed for the next four years  Please check you local listings to see when it will be playing in your area.  If you cannot find it in your local listings, please call your local PBS station and ask when they are planning to carry LifeSteps.

 Broadcasts generally take place once a week for 10 consecutive weeks from the start date of the series broadcast. 


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See's Candies, which has historically been a generous donor to youth programs in California, is the sole underwriter for the national broadcast of LifeSteps.  See's Famous Old Time Candies® are well known and loved throughout the West where the company was founded in 1921.  Making over 100 varieties of candies, See's has maintained its reputation for excellence by strict adherence to its "Quality Without Compromise®" motto.  See's operates more than 200 Shops throughout the Western Unites States, and offers one of the largest selections of chocolate confections in the world.  Their underwriting of LifeSteps is part of their long tradition of supporting youth development and reflects their commitment to helping the citizens of tomorrow become better people today.


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Quality Without Compromise

See's Candies is proud to underwrite the broadcast of the
LifeSteps series as part of our long-standing commitment to community service and the promotion of public values. Today's teenager face ever-mounting challenges in the complex transition to adulthood and these critical programs will provide an important compass for this journey. The nation's future will soon rest on the shoulders of today's teenagers and this series will help ensure that tomorrow's citizens become the best people they can be.

The powerful message of
LifeSteps can make a very real difference in the lives of teens and their families and we are very pleased that KQED San Francisco is presenting these award-winning programs to the nation through American Public Television. It is our hope that every teenager in America will have the opportunity to see LifeSteps. We are honored to be working with public television stations across the nation to achieve this goal and help this important series find the audience it deserves.

We at See's Candies have always understood the importance of traditional values: commitment to quality, hard work, loyalty, and service. Our support of
LifeSteps flows from this basic corporate perspective. We want our young people to realize that core personal values -- responsibility, respect, compassion, and the courage to stand up for what is right - are essential for their own happiness and success.

The young people of today are the leaders of tomorrow. The
LifeSteps series provides an important legacy for the next generation and will help insure that our future is in good hands. We are proud to bring these powerful and important programs to a national audience.


Charles N. Huggins
President and CEO
See's Candies

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LifeSteps was produced by Heartland Media, an award-winning educational production company in San Francisco.  Heartland was founded in 1995 by Michael Pritchard, veteran producer Jim Watson and Ed Werz, President and CEO of The Guidance Channel and The Bureau For At-Risk Youth.  Its past productions include Saving Our Schools, a trenchant look at the aftermaths of Columbine, and PeaceTalks, an award winning 10-part series on teen violence prevention.   PeaceTalks was part of PBS's SAFE NIGHT USA, and has won critical acclaim in the educational press as well as 16 major national educational and media awards.  Heartland Media has been widely recognized for its work and has received numerous awards, including: CINE Golden Eagles, Parents' Choice Gold Awards, Teachers' Choice Awards, Parent's Guide to Children's Media Awards, the Golden Camera and Creative Excellence Award at the US International Film and Video Festival, the Chris Statuette, the Gold Hugo Award, the Omni, the Platinum Aurora and the Silver World-Medalist award at the NY Festivals, as well a two Emmy Award nominations.

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