Among the challenges Dayton faces is turning around its image as the nation's "overdose capital." We dug into that with our first Path Forward story. You can read that here.
We also examined the difficulty many people in recovery have finding employment.
Dayton's struggles also show up in the schools, and our reporters have looked at the challenges facing the Dayton Public School system, along with some possible solutions. Read our latest story about DPS here: Urgent turnaround needed as state takeover looms.
What has emerged from our coverage is how many people truly love this community and are working hard to overcome adversity. One of our stories profiled Westwood Elementary School Principal Akesha Shehee, who is working to turn around the performance of children in one of Dayton's most impoverished neighborhoods.
Another story featured Casey Steckling, the founder of Dayton Recovers, who is working everyday at helping to give the city's residents a better life.
The stories have asked hard questions, such as why some Dayton schools have used long-term substitutes instead of regular classroom teachers. Or why jobs are going unfilled despite thousands of unemployed people in the region.
Our stories on The Path Forward run each week in the Dayton Daily News and on our premium website MyDaytonDailyNews. We've also set up Facebook groups around each of the topics. You can join these groups by searching The Path Forward: Addiction in Dayton, The Path Forward: Dayton schools, and The Path Forward: Dayton - Jobs & the Economy.
We want to engage the community in each of these topics and hope you will get involved. On Sept. 16 we are publishing an in-depth package of stories that examines the so-called skills gap in Dayton, and whether the region will get left behind in a future where more technical skills will be needed in the workforce.
The Frontline package aired at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, on PBS.