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  • 1. 1 out of 7 York Shackleton Runaway teen Lexi finds herself alone and pregnant on the streets. She must turn to Devon, a woman with her own demons, to help her find a way back from her past mis- takes. Not rated, but contains mature content Augusta, Gone Tim Matheson Based on the true story of single mother Martha Dudman, who is shocked at the seemingly overnight transformation of her daughter, Au- gusta, from a sweet and bright child to a confrontational and self- destructive teenager. Not rated, but contains mature content Beyond the Blackboard Jeff Bleckner A 24-year-old first-time teacher overcomes her initial fears and prej- udices and makes a difference in the lives of the homeless children she teaches in a shelter's makeshift classroom. Suitable for all ages Boys Don't Cry Kimberly Peirce Female born, Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska. Rated R Boyz in the Hood John Singleton John Singleton's 1991 portrayal of social problems in inner-city Los An- geles takes the form of a tale of three friends growing up together 'in the 'hood.' Rated R Freedom Writers Richard LaGravanese A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn toler- ance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school. Rated PG-13 Gimme Shelter Ron Krauss A pregnant teenager flees her abu- sive mother in search of her father, only to be rejected by her dad and forced to survive on the streets until a compassionate stranger offers a hopeful alternative. Rated PG-13 Homeless to Harvard Peter Levin Based on a true story. Liz Murray is a young girl who is taken care of by her loving, but drug-addicted par- ents. Liz becomes homeless at 15 and after a tragedy comes upon her, she begins her work to finish high school. Not rated, but contains some material that may be suitable for young children One Heart Mark Rober Ellis A football team, made up of juvenile offenders, and a small town football coach who made a decision that would change the lives of the play- ers on the field that night. Based on a true story. Not yet rated Precious Lee Daniels In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illit- erate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction. Rated R Quinceanera Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland As Magdalena's 15th birthday ap- proaches, her simple, blissful life is complicated by the discovery that she's pregnant. Kicked out of her house, she finds a new family with her great-granduncle and gay cousin. Rated R Saved! Brian Dannelly A group of misfits at a religious high school tackle relationships, disabili- ties, pregnancy, and LGBTQ sexual identity. Rated PG-13 Short Term 12 Destin Daniel Cretton A 20-something supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co- worker and longtime boyfriend. Rated R Sugar Rotimi Rainwater A 20-year-old homeless girl is suf- fering from post traumatic stress syndrome on the streets of Holly- wood and Venice beach. Not rated, but contains some mature content The Blind Side John Lee Hancock The story of Michael Oher, a home- less and traumatized boy who be- came an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family. Rated PG-13 Where the Day Takes You Marc Rocco A group of teen-age runaways try to survive in the streets of Los Ange- les. Drugs, prostitution, violence and bureaucratic indifference all pose threats to the kids, who neverthe- less prefer this harsh life to going back to their families. Rated R Winter's Bone Debra Granik An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social ter- rain as she hunts down her drug- dealing father while trying to keep her family intact. Rated R NRPM List of Suggested Media Movies Title Director/ Author/ Artist Description Rating/ Audience Title Director/ Author/ Artist Description Rating/ Audience Documentaries American Street Kid (to be released later in 2015) Michael Leoni Filmmaker, Michael Leoni heads to the streets of LA to shine a light on the epidemic of homeless youth in America. Once inside their world he realizes he can no longer be an ob- server; every day is a matter of life or death and he'll do anything to get them off the streets. Not rated Inocente Sean Fine, Andrea Nix At 15, Inocente refuses to let her dream of becoming an artist be caged by her life as an undocument- ed immigrant forced to live homeless for the last nine years. Color is her personal revolution and its extraordi- nary sweep on her canvases creates a world that looks nothing like her own dark past – – a past punctuated by a father deported for domestic abuse, an alcoholic and defeated mother of four who once took her daughter by the hand to jump off a bridge together, an endless shuffle year after year through the city’s overcrowded homeless shelters and the constant threat of deportation. Not rated Invisible: Diaries of New York’s Homeless Youth Lysette Horne, Selassie Samuel "Invisible" - co-written and shot in part by formerly homeless teens - fo- cuses on the Reciprocity Foundation, which gets homeless kids help and careers. Not rated The Break In the inspirational documentary "The Break," viewers are introduced to three diverse young people eager to rebuild their lives and become self -sufficient members of society. Pro- duced by U2's The Edge. Not rated The Homestretch Kirsten Kelly, Anne de Mare The Homestretch follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a fu- ture. Each of these smart, ambitious teenagers - Kasey, Anthony and Roque - will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stere- otypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age. Not rated Books (Fiction) Title Director/ Author/ Artist Description Rating/ Audience Almost Home Jessica Blank Why would anyone choose to live on the streets? Following a group of sev- en young runaways, this unlikely band of characters form their own dysfunctional family, complete with love and belonging, abuse and be- trayal. Each will make their way home, wherever it may be. Young Adult Eleanor & Park Rainbow Rowell Park Sheridan, a biracial boy (half Ko- rean, half white), and Eleanor Doug- las, a red-haired girl, are two misfit teenagers living in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1986. The book is a love story — Eleanor and Park fall in love over comic books and mixed tapes on their school bus — but deals with issues such as domestic abuse, child abuse, racism, bullying and body image. Young Adult It's Kind of a Funny Story Ned Vizzini Ambitious New York City teenager Craig Gilner is determined to succeed at life - which means getting into the right high school to get into the right job. But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan's Executive Pre- Professional High School, the pres- sure becomes unbearable. He stops eating and sleeping until, one night, he nearly kills himself. Craig's suicidal episode gets him checked into a men- tal hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, Craig is fi- nally able to confront the sources of his anxiety Young Adult/ Adult Miles from Nowhere Nami Mun Teenage Joon is a Korean immigrant living in the Bronx of the 1980s. Her parents have crumbled under the weight of her father’s infidelity; he has left the family, and mental illness has rendered her mother nearly catatonic. So Joon, at the age of thirteen, de- cides she would be better off on her own, a choice that commences a har- rowing and often tragic journey that exposes the painful difficulties of a life lived on the margins. Joon’s adoles- cent years take her from a homeless shelter to an escort club, through struggles with addiction, to jobs sell- ing newspapers and cosmetics, com- mitting petty crimes, and, finally, to- ward something resembling hope. Adult My Big Fat Manifesto Susan Vaught Jamie is a senior in high school and, like so many kids in that year, doing too much—including trying to change the world—and fighting for her rights as a very fat girl. And not quietly: she's writing a column every week in the paper with her thoughts and fears and gripes. As her column raises all kinds of questions, so too, must she find her own private way in her world, with love popping up in an unex- pected place, and satisfaction in her size losing ground to real frustration Young Adult The Goldfinch Donna Tartt Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an acci- dent that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Av- enue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tor- mented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating paint- ing that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art. Adult The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things JT Leroy These are the stories of a young boy on the run, away from his past, hell- bent towards an unknown future. Connected, they form a sometimes harrowing, sometimes bleakly funny, and often tender portrait of a compli- cated life. Adult The Language of Flowers Vanessa Diffenbaugh After a childhood spent in the foster- care system, Victoria Jones is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system, Victoria has nowhere to go and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. Soon a local florist discovers her tal- ents, and Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. Adult The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a story about what it’s like to travel that strange course through the unchart- ed territory of high school. The world of first dates, family dramas, and new friends. Of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Of those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up. Young Adult/ Adult Books (Nonfiction/ Memoir) Title Director/ Author/ Artist Description Rating/ Audience Foster Girl, a Memoir Georgette Todd Georgette Todd's mother was shot in the head when she was a small child. Her father was never in the picture and with hardly any available or "appropriate" family members willing to care for Georgette and her baby sister, both girls had no choice but to enter foster care. And that's when life really spun out of control for the Todd sisters. In "Foster Girl, A Memoir," Georgette relives the most traumatic years of her life so to give outsiders an inside, raw and brutally honest look of what happens to homeless children in America when under the state's care. Adult Girlbomb: A Halway Homeless Memoir Janice Erlbaum At fifteen, sick of her unbearable and increasingly dangerous home life, Janice Erlbaum walked out of her family’s Brooklyn apartment and did- n’t look back. From her first frighten- ing night at a shelter, Janice knew she was in over her head. Adult Girls Like Us Rachel Lloyd Rachel Lloyd’s riveting survivor story is the true tale of her hard-won es- cape from the commercial sex indus- try and her bold founding of GEMS, New York City’s Girls Education and Mentoring Service, to help countless other young girls escape "the life." Lloyd’s unflinchingly honest memoir is a powerful and unforgettable story of inhuman abuse, enduring hope, and the promise of redemption. Adult Homeless at Age 13 to a College Graduate: An Auto- biography Anthony D. Ross In this autobiography, Anthony takes the reader through his harrowing past of ending up homeless at age 13 in Washington, D.C., after the death of his grandmother and escaping being murdered by his mother with a meat cleaver one night due to her habitual drug use. Despite his undeserved past, he was able to earn his GED and leave a homeless shelter behind after getting accepted into a Universi- ty in North Carolina in 2009. All ages Invisible Innocence: my story as a homeless youth Maria Fabian For most high school students, senior year is a joyous time filled with unfor- gettable memories. For Maria Fabian, senior year marked the time she lived alone in an aban- doned apartment with no electricity, heat or running water. Young Adult/ Adult In Our Backyard; Human Trafficking in America and What We Can Do to Stop It Nita Belles Through true stories and years of boots-on-the-ground experience, in- cluding at the Super Bowl, anti- trafficking expert Nita Belles teaches readers everything they need to know about human trafficking in the United States and what they can do to join the fight against it. She helps con- cerned parents, friends, teachers, law enforcement, government officials, and other leaders understand all forms of trafficking, identify risk fac- tors, and take practical steps to keep their loved ones and neighbors safe from predators. Adult Kicked Out Edited by Sassafrass Lowrey In the U.S., 40% of homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ). Kicked Out brings together the voices of current and former homeless LGBTQ youth and tells the forgotten stories of some of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens. Diverse contribu- tors share stories of survival and abuse with poignant accounts of the sanctuary of community and the pow- er of creating chosen families. Adult Live Through This: A Mother's Memoir of Runaway Daughters and Reclaimed Love Debra Gwartney Faced with the unraveling of the fami- ly she thought she could hold togeth- er through blind love, Gwartney be- gins the painful—and universal— journey of recognizing her own flawed motivations as a mother. Live Through This chronicles Gwartney's frantic efforts to recover the beautiful, intelligent daughters she cherishes. The triumph of her story is its sensi- tive rendering of how all three women have dug deep for forgiveness and a return to profound love. Adult Manchild in the Promised Land Claude Brown With more than two million copies in print, Manchild in the Promised Land is one of the most remarkable autobi- ographies of our time—the definitive account of African-American youth in Harlem of the 1940s and 1950s, and a seminal work of modern literature. Adult My Orange Duffel Bag Sam Bracken, Echo Garrett Sam Bracken grew up in poverty in a horrifically abusive, drug-filled home surrounded by mobsters and motor- cycle gang members in Las Vegas. My Orange Duffel Bag: A Journey to Radical Change is a short, inspira- tional book that outlines his journey from abandonment as a young teen to triumph on the football field and in life. Young Adult/ Adult Please Stop Laughing at Me: One Woman's Inspira- tional True Story Jodee Blanco In her poignant work, Jodee Blanco tells how school became a frightening and painful place, where threats, hu- miliation, and assault were as much a part of her daily experience as bub- blegum and lip-gloss were for others. It is an unflinching look at what it means to be an outcast, how even the most loving parents can get it wrong, why schools fail, and how bul- lying is both misunderstood and mis- handled. Young Adult/ Adult Street Kids: Homeless Youth, Outreach, and Policing New York's Streets Kristina Gibson Street outreach workers comb public places such as parks, vacant lots, and abandoned waterfronts to search for young people who are living out in public spaces, if not always in the public eye. Street Kids opens a win- dow to the largely hidden world of street youth, drawing on their detailed and compelling narratives to give new insight into the experiences of youth homelessness and youth outreach. Young Adult/ Adult Somebody’s Daughter The Hidden Story of Ameri- ca’s Prostituted Children and the Battle to Save Them Julian Sher The most definitive account of sex trafficking of children in the United States and the culture that supports it -Norma Ramos, executive director, Coalition Against Trafficking in Wom- en Somebody's Daughter takes read- ers behind the scenes to expose one of our nation's most underreported crimes: the trafficking of American girls on American streets. Investiga- tive journalist Julian Sher meets the teenagers who are fighting to survive, a new breed of cops who are trying to rescue them, and the activists battling to protect our country's most forsaken children. Adult The Freedom Writers Diary Erin Gruwell As an idealistic twenty-three-year-old English teacher at Wilson High School in Long Beach, California, Erin Gruwell confronted a room of “unteachable, at-risk” students. One day she intercepted a note with an ugly racial caricature, and angrily de- clared that this was precisely the sort of thing that led to the Jewish Holo- caust—only to be met by uncompre- hending looks. So she and her stu- dents, using the treasured books Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl and Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life in Sarajevo as their guides, undertook a life-changing, eye-opening, spirit- raising odyssey against intolerance and misunderstanding Young Adult/ Adult The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls The Glass Castle is a 2005 memoir by Jeannette Walls. The book re- counts Walls' and her siblings' uncon- ventional, poverty-stricken upbringing at the hands of their deeply dysfunc- tional parents Adult Three Little Words: A Memoir Ashley Rhodes-Courter An inspiring true story of the tumultu- ous nine years Ashley Rhodes- Courter spent in the foster care sys- tem, and how she triumphed over painful memories and real-life horrors to ultimately find her own voice. Adult With No Direction Home: Homeless Youth on the Road and In the Streets Mary Finkelstein This book gives voice to the home- less youth and is rich with material on their everyday lives, including living conditions and street experiences. The case study's strength lies in its ethnographic methodology, which combines direct observations and qualitative interviews. Ethnography is particularly important in describing populations and social environments that are hidden from normal observa- tion, and is indispensable when ex- ploring emerging phenomena, such as the formative fictive kin networks among street youth, or new ways of looking at drug addiction. Finkelstein discusses her own experiences with the street kids, including how she was able to develop a rapport within the "street scene." Adult The H.E.L.L.O photo project Natalie Robinson The H.E.L.L.O photo project forms part of Natalie Robinson's doctoral re- search in sociology at the University of Liverpool, UK, funded by the Eco- nomic and Social Research Council. The work focuses on the homeless experiences in Chicago and percep- tions of inclusion and exclusion from public urban space, using 'photovoice' methods. Visit hellophotoproject.com to learn more and see a gallery of photos. All Ages The Mirror, Mirror project Rachel Bujalski, David Busch The Mirror, Mirror Project originated in Venice Beach starting with a conver- sation and a clipboard and quickly grew into an organization, teaming up local homeless youth with established artists to not only create an unintimi- dating environment to connect people within a community, but to give them an opportunity to become inspired by each other. Visit themirrormirrorpro- ject.com to learn more. All Ages Art/ other media Title Director/ Author/ Artist Description Rating/ Audience

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