This marks the high point of six years of work by co-directors Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly to bring attention to the story of the estimated 1.6 million homeless youth in America. Their diligent dedication - with the help of so many partners, funders, and community organizations who also believe in the goal of ending youth homeless - has meant the film has already made a significant impact on thousands of people. But now we will reach the film's largest audience yet.
First at 7/6c, follow the #HomestretchDoc hashtag to take part in our Twitter chat, featuring 3 national service organizations (@nn4youth, @NAEHCY, and @NCFY) sharing concrete ways to take action. Then, use the hashtag to share your thoughts on the film during or after the broadcast. We're giving away signed DVDs to a select number of supporters who share on Twitter how they plan to help support homeless youth. Tag your post and/or pictures with #HomestretchDoc and you could be one of the lucky winners!the film and issue.
We encourage you to participate in and enhance your experience of the broadcast through the resources we've compiled here, which include a discussion guide and action guides.
Here are 3 WAYS you can get involved during the week of our broadcast:
2. HOST A HOUSE PARTY to watch and discuss The Homestretch during the PBS broadcast premiere.
3. HOST A PUBLIC SCREENING in your school or community to raise awareness around the needs of local homeless youth.
The Homestretch follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious teenagers - Roque, Kasey and Anthony - will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age.
"Authentic, no-frills portrayal of what it means to be young and homeless in America." The Atlantic.
"It is inspirational by design, sad and happy by turns, but happy in the end." Los Angeles Times.
"In the end, Homestretch is story of a broken system, not broken people. After watching, one can’t help but wonder if a small tweak in policy could make a world of difference for thousands of youth." Chicago Magazine.
"An unsparing look at poverty and its human cost." Moyers and Company.
"Inspiring" - Christian Science Monitor.
"One of the year’s best and most vital documentaries." - Indie Outlook.
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