Summer Film Training Program for Foster Youth Accepting Applications
With an afternoon on the red carpet, being photographed and interviewed about their work, and the chance to see their original films on the big screen, the Real to Reel Film Festival marks the end of a unique training opportunity for former foster youth.
Turning Pain Into Power
When you ask people what it takes to make it, most say, “Follow your dreams and never give up.” But they don’t tell you how to not give up. Adversity comes so often, it’s like a neighbor.
Meet the Former Foster Youth Who Founded a Film Festival to Help Youth Tell Their Stories
Growing up in foster care in Los Angeles, Johna Rivers didn’t always get the opportunity to express her creativity. Once she got older, Rivers wanted to offer something for kids like her.
What is Courage?
You may know me as a writer, but I am also well known for my advocacy work with the juvenile justice system and the foster care system. I previously wrote an article about art as a form of therapy.
Art Is an Umbrella, Shielding Youth in Stormy Times
Many believe art is the most effective form of therapy. Art therapy not only helps release visuals of a horrific past, it releases the soul to become free of all hurt, pain and regret that we let hold us down.