Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for a screening and discussion of The Homestretch on Tuesday, March 3rd, at Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.). The free event is open to the public and takes place from 7 pm to 9 pm.
Three homeless teens brave Chicago winters, high school pressures, and life on the streets to build a brighter future. Against all odds, they recover from a life of abandonment to create new, surprising definitions of home.
Our guest speakers for the post-documentary discussion will be representatives from Region XIII’s Homeless Education Program and Micah 6 Austin.
Homeless Education Specialist at Education Service Center Region XIII’s Homeless Education Program
Education Service Center Region XIII’s Homeless Education Program (HEP) has worked with regional school districts, charter schools, and social service agencies for over 20+ years to encourage and support the identification, enrollment, and academic success of children and youth without homes. Sandy Lawrence has managed the Homeless Education Program at Education Service Center since 1990.
Director of Street Youth Programs at Micah 6 Austin
Micah 6 is a coalition of eleven churches in the University of Texas neighborhood who have pooled their social justice ministries to better serve the hungry and homeless in the area. The Micah 6 Street Youth Drop In Center is in its fourth year. Located in the historic University Baptist Church on Guadalupe Street it provides a safe place for street dependent young people to find a respite from the weather, to access the internet and a nutritious meal.
Community Cinema is a groundbreaking public education and civic engagement initiative featuring screenings of films from Independent Lens on location in 100 cities and online. Between September and June, Community Cinema brings together leading organizations, community members and public television stations to learn, discuss and get involved in today’s critical social issues.