TEEN TRUTH: VOICES - This is an exclusive film called "Independence in Sight" directed by Lauren Lindberg which is the winner of the Audience Award from the 2011 TEEN TRUTH Film Festival. This stunning film is about vision impaired teenagers who strive to achieve their independence with living skills they learn at the Hatlen Center for the blind.
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In fourth grade, my teacher gave my class an assignment to write a short story relating to Thanksgiving. The story I wrote was about a turkey living on a farm. In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving the turkey lived in fear, knowing that because he was the fattest turkey, he would be Thanksgiving dinner. All the other turkeys and even chickens made fun of him and tormented him about what was sure to come. The turkey
We have selected Jessica Rosell, a freshman at Creative Connections Arts Academy as being extraordinary in trying to create change and unite students. Jessica is an innovator and is continually coming up with ideas to make our school a safe and caring community. Jessica started a group called "Be the Change" and has come up with several other group ideas for next year. She stands up for other students when they are being mistreated or bullied. Overall Jessica is a very caring and considerate young woman who wants to make a difference in our world.
TEEN TRUTH filmmaking team, Erahm Christopher and JC Pohl, recommend the following film because it made them think...
BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM
Directed by: Gurinder Chadha
Written by: Gurinder Chadhra, Guljit Bindra & Paul Mayeda Berges
This touching and hilarious film explores Jesminder Bhamra's obsession with soccer. The teen daughter of orthodox Sikhs in London, she struggles to pursue her dreams while also balancing her family's strict expectations. This movie made us THINK about the power of a dream and how sometimes we're willing to do whatever it takes
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I was in English class the other day and we were discussing identity. Now, identity, in the dictionary means: The collective aspect of the set of characteristics by which a thing is definitively recognizable or known. But what does it mean to YOU? What is an identity in your definition and what do you think your identity is? Not many people know.
Ask yourself, who are you? Ask your friends - who they are? Some
Hadley has turned her compassion into a group of students committed to reaching out to others. She will request schedules of students who are isolated or bullied. Then her group will strategically make sure someone talks to them in each class and they are never sitting alone. She organized this group and has successfully kept the work going throughout the school year.
Victoria is an excellent student that always has a smile on her face. She is friendly to everyone and is always willing to offer help, suggestions, ideas, and/or a hand to those in need. Victoria goes above and beyond at all times in all situations and is admired by all those that know her!
Cheyanne is someone that goes out of her way to make others feel good about themselves. Especially those who need the reassurance the most. I have witnessed her go up to kids who sit alone at lunch and strike up a conversation. She displays so much empathy for such a young lady. She is kind and generous. Her calm nature makes it very easy for kids to talk to her.
This year I started a brand new club on campus called the ASPCA. (American Society for the Prevetion of Cruelty to Animals) Cheyanne had been so passionate about helping animals ...
Erica is an intelligent, responsible and motivated student. She comes to school everyday and always ready to learn. Erica is genuinely interested in helping her classmates and shares her great ideas with a great positive attitude. She is an active student and involved in a variety of activities like MY WAVE CLUB and other schools monthly activities program. I believe that she will continue to grow because of her devotion towards her studies shows an excellent performance.