Alex Kotlowitz, author of There Are No Children Here says the film The Homestretch is “an amazing and important film with the potential to change the way we think about the problem of youth homelessness.”
We couldn’t agree more, and that’s one of many reasons why we were so excited to learn that the film earned an EMMY AWARD last week! Watch the short link and see our Board President’s most memorable clip from the film!
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.
Last year we sponsored a screening of the film at the Michigan Theater to a standing room only crowd. Afterward, we hosted a panel of youth and adults, moderated by Michigan Radio’s Kyle Norris @MichRadioKyle who discussed youth homelessness right here in Washtenaw County. Below is a 30-minute YouTube video of that panel discussion. The production value of the video won’t win an Emmy, but you will never forget the stories of the young people who talked about their experiences.