• I Beat The Odds
    April 28, 2017

    Victor Pinzon, 25, knows about fighting. As a youth growing up in a gang-riddled Northern California neighborhood, he let his fists do the talking. Eventually his constant scrapes with the law landed him ...

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  • Student Reporters Dig up Stories at Channel Islands National Park
    BY Christine Zirneklis | April 21, 2017

    The recent discovery of a 15,000 year-old mammoth skull on Santa Rosa Island, the most remote part of Channel Islands National Park, could reveal an archaeological link between the colombian ...

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  • “National Bird” Event Considers the Future of Warfare and the Military Experience
    BY Christine Zirneklis | April 17, 2017

    Veterans and community members gathered at the Japanese American National Museum April 5th for an advance screening of National Bird, the second in the Indie Lens Pop-up event series in ...

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  • Mentoring At-Risk Youth
    April 14, 2017

    At the age of 24, Marisa works at Children’s Law Center of California (CLC) in Los Angeles, where she helps foster youth access the resources they need to advocate for ...

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  • My 15 Mentors
    April 14, 2017

    Shari talks about the impact of her 15 mentors and how a new mobile school launching in fall of 2017 will expand foster youth's education in Los Angeles.

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  • Finding Jack A Home
    April 13, 2017

    At first, 12-year-old foster youth Jack wouldn’t talk to his Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), Lynn Temple. He might nod or shake his head, but he used no words. Jack ...

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  • It Was Fate – Dee Delara
    March 23, 2017

    In her own words, Dee Delara shares her inspiring foster-to-adopt story.

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  • Music Heals
    March 21, 2017

    When words fail, grieving children can find an outlet in music. That’s the success story for many foster youth and their families at Los Angeles-based mental health agency, Hathaway-Sycamores, who have ...

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  • Breaking Down Stereotypes of “The Bad Kids”
    BY Christine Zirneklis | March 17, 2017

    135 educators, students, and community members gathered at the Japanese American National Museum March 8 for an Indie Lens Pop-up preview screening of “The Bad Kids.” The film, airing on ...

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  • My Mentees Teach Me
    March 15, 2017

    For Nurit Kotick, long-time Pasadena resident, wife, mother, mentor volunteer and board member at nonprofit Hillsides, mentoring youth has changed her life.

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