WUCF previews the American Graduate film, The Homestretch

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WUCF TV presented a special preview of the film, The Homestretch Monday evening at the Orlando Public Library.

The Homestretch follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a more stable future. Through haunting images, intimate scenes, and first-person narratives, these teens take us on their journeys of struggle and triumph. As their stories unfold, the film explores their plights within the larger issues of poverty, race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQ rights.

Following the screening, Dr. Diane Trees, host of WUCF TV’s Metro Center Outlook, led a panel discussion focusing on the issues across Central Florida.
Panelists included Dexter Foxworth,  Zebra Coalition; Andrae Bailey, Central Florida Commission on Homelessness; Christina Savino, Orange County Public Schools Specialist for Homeless Education.

"We have 13,000 registered homeless children in Central Florida," said Andrae Bailey.  “We need caring people on the frontlines to help reverse those numbers, but they are only as good as the top leaders encouraging them.”

The film, The Homestretch, airs on WUCF Sunday, April 19 at 1 p.m.

About American Graduate

The Homestretch is part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, a public media initiative supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help local communities across America address the high school dropout crisis. American Graduate demonstrates public media’s commitment to education and its deep roots in every community it serves. For more info visit http://www.americangraduate.org.

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