“Is this the life I’m Going to Live for the Rest of My Life?”
I am proud to have been an at-risk teen who survived. There were key people in my life who provided support and opportunities at critical moments: Neighbors, community business owners, teachers and even college professors.
It’s great to be in a position now where I can share my story and give back to others. A few years ago, I joined the Board of Teen Living Programs. There’s so much I can say about this wonderful organization that provides services and housing to displaced youth in Chicago but I would prefer if you read and watch it for yourselves.
The film, co-produced by Chicago documentary powerhouse Kartemquin Films and New York-based Spargel Productions, follows Roque, Kasey and Anthony throughout Chicago over a period of five years, from their teens into their 20s.
Huffington Post recently published an article on the Homestretch documentary featuring TLP and Night Ministries clients. Our wonderful Executive Director, Jeri Linas was also interviewed for the piece.
All youth should have a home where they feel safe and loved. Today, I was brought to tears as I was reminded of the 14-year old boy who was discovered living in a Texas Walmart. The relatives he was visiting did not report his absence until 2 days after he disappeared. My prayer is for all youth to be noticed, remembered and cherished so that instances such as this become beyond rare.
The Homestretch documentary will be showing at Gene Siskel film center from September 12th through September 18th. Many of the earlier showings are already sold-out, so get your tickets now.
- Teen Living Programs
- Homestretch Film Site
- Kartemquin Films
- National Runaway Safeline (NRS)
- Gene Siskel film center
- The Homestretch Documentary (HuffingtonPost)