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Selling the Girl Next Door
This documentary takes viewers into the world of underaged American girls caught up in the violent sex trade. Thousands of girls under the age of 18 are ensnared into the lives of prostitution annually, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Many are runaways or “throwaways”, trapped in the “the oldest profession” by pimps who sell them.
Foster Care to College: A Crisis WE can solve (TED Talk)
Foster youth who exit the system at 18 have less than a 4% chance to ever complete college. There is a 25% chance they will be homeless. Higher education administration and faculty need to be a part of the solution by rethinking local engagement in order to help this group of youth be prepared for, apply to and complete college.
Foster Care’s Invisible Youth
Seven LGBTQ youth from the foster care system share their stories. Failed by their families, these young people go on to face rejection from foster families, invisibility within the system and incredible obstacles to healthy development.
Includes candid perspectives from high school and college students, as well as nationally recognized experts, challenging the misperceived “safety” and effectiveness of using prescriptive stimulants without a doctor’s prescription. It serves as a catalyst to inform discussions about what parents and communities can do to support teens struggling to manage stress.
This video is told from the perspective of a teenager and his family and shows how quickly the use of banned substances in social situations almost seamlessly spirals into an addiction to opiates.
A Mother’s Love
Tells the inside story of a mother, Terri Milbrandt, who pretended her daughter had cancer and appealed to her close-knit community for help to pay the medical bills.
Paper Tigers follows a year in the life of a high school that has radically changed it’s approach to disciplining its students, becoming a model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that affects families.
ReMoved (Parts 1,2 & 3)
A series of short films created to promote awareness and understanding of the complexity of child abuse and the foster care system.
Shaka Senghor: Why Your Worst Deeds Don’t Define You (TED Talk)
In 1991, Shaka Senghor shot and killed a man. He was, he says, “a drug dealer with a quick temper and a semi-automatic pistol.” Jailed for second degree murder, that could very well have been the end of the story. But it wasn’t. Instead, it was the beginning of a years-long journey to redemption, one with humbling and sobering lessons for us all.
Lisa’s 911 Phonecall
Actual tape of a child’s desperate call for help in a domestic violence and alcohol abuse situation.
Private Violence Presents: Why We Stayed
There are many complex reasons as to why women who have experienced domestic violence stayed in abusive relationships. The question “why doesn’t she just leave” dominates and derails the way we talk about and approach domestic violence. Writer and survivor Beverly Gooden confronted this question head on and ignited a movement with her #WhyIStayed hashtag. Find out more about her story and hear from other survivors in our new short #WhyWeStayed.
The Heart of ICWA: Lukas
In support of ICWA laws, ICWA is considered the gold standard of child welfare practice. Keeping any child from their loving extended family that have the ability to care for them is not in their best interest. Children thrive when they know their culture. This is Lukas’s story
This is How 936 Marbles can Change your Life (TED Talk)
Be the Difference Speech: Josh Shipp brings us to the critical turning point in his life and explains how you can make a difference.