"The Bad Kids" - Movie Showing - FREE
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Historic Midwest Theater, Scottsbluff
Nebraska & the Midwest Theater are excited to present this month’s screening of “The Bad Kids” on Thurs, March 2nd. The Bad Kids is not a story of triumph against all odds, because that isn’t the reality of these students' lives or expectations. It is a story of taking achievable steps toward pride and a better future. FREE screening of “The Bad Kids”, Join them after the film for a Discussion & Cookies. For more information contact Bill Estes at 308.632.4311.
Located in an isolated and impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is one of California’s alternative schools for at-risk students. Every student there has fallen so far behind that they have little hope of earning a diploma at a traditional high school — Black Rock is their last chance. But Principal Vonda Viland and the teachers at Black Rock are on a mission to realize the potential of students who have been deemed lost causes by the system. Powerful and inspiring, The Bad Kids follows Viland and her staff over a year as they coach at-risk teens with compassion, respect, and a seemingly endless supply of patience. The film focuses on three students — Lee, a new father who struggles to support his family; Jennifer, a young woman grappling with sexual abuse; and Joey, a young man from an unstable home with a history of drug addiction — as they work through the traumas and obstacles that threaten their spirit and futures. The Bad Kids is part of “American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen,” a public media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help communities ensure more students graduate ready for college and careers.
When the filmmakers first stepped through the doors of Black Rock High on a scouting trip for another film, they were impressed. “What we saw there left an indelible mark,” said Fulton and Pepe, who co-directed the award-winning Lost in La Mancha. “Here was a principal who had a kind word or nod of recognition for each and every kid; a secretary who spent all day on the phone with parents; teachers who didn’t lecture but moved through their classrooms in quiet consultation with each student. And these supposed ‘bad kids’ lining the hallways with their guitars, their laughter, and their clear and familial support for one another. All of this at a public school — with rising graduation rates.”
Black Rock High School offers insight into how education can combat the crippling effects of poverty on the lives of at-risk youth. For Viland and her staff, coping with the traumas her students suffer in their home lives takes precedence over force-feeding them facts and figures. At Black Rock, it is understood that it might be necessary to focus an entire year on just keeping a student in school and trying to understand the challenges they face before expecting academic progress. Realistic preparations for the work force and life’s responsibilities outweigh planning for higher education: these students can pursue a college education only if they first know how to support themselves.
The Bad Kids is not a story of triumph against all odds, because that isn’t the reality of these students' lives or expectations. It is a story of taking achievable steps toward pride and a better future.
WHAT: FREE screening of “The Bad Kids”
WHEN: Thurs, March 2nd at 7:30 pm Join us after the film for a Discussion & Cookies
Moderator: Colin Croft, professor at WNCC
Boost Leadership Skills and Civic Engagement at Area 4-H Program
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Lincoln, Logan & McPherson Counties
Youth between the ages of 15 to 19 from Lincoln, Logan and McPherson Counties have the opportunity to learn about government processes in the vibrant, living classroom of the nation’s capital as part of Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF), an intensive 4-H civic engagement program for high-school youth held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, MD. Area 4-H members participate in this program every three years. Plans are being made for the next program in June 2018. To learn more about this program contact Nebraska Extension in North Platte at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 308-532-2683.
Youth who are not actively enrolled in 4-H are being sought to fill open participant spots. This program will depart early June 2018 for a 15 day chartered motor coach trip visiting St Louis, Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia, Niagara Falls, Gettysburg, Canada and Washington D.C.
While in Washington D.C. the group will stay at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center. Youth interact with youth form across the country while participating in civic workshops, committees, and field trips before returning home to make positive changes in their own communities. CWF not only strengthens young people’s understanding of the government’s civic process, but it also boosts their leadership skills, communication skills, and overall confidence.
During CWF, youth get a behind-the-scenes look at the nation’s capital while meeting with Members of Congress to learn more about how their government works. At the end of the program, youth draft step-by-step action plans to address important issues in their communities.
For more information contact, Brenda Aufdenkamp, UNL Extension Educator in Lincoln, Logan, McPherson Counties at email@example.com or call 308-532-2683.
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 308-532-2683
A Walk in the Woods- Woodcarvers Gallery Exhibit
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Prairie Arts Center
Prairie Arts Center February Gallery Exhibit features "A Walk in the Woods" from Tuesday to Saturday February 7th - March 6th during business hours. This exhibit displays the intricate and beautiful talent from local woodcarvers. Photography from Marty Mora will also be in this exhibit.
Holly Carlini Executive Director Prairie Arts Center 534-5121