The Community Collaborative for Youth and Families, the prevention coalition serving the greater Fredericksburg region, is hosting a free screening of “Like Any Other Kid” on Friday, November 2nd at 9:00 a.m. It will be held at the Rappahannock United Way office (3310 Shannon Park Dr., Fredericksburg, VA 22408).

Like Any Other Kid provides a rare glimpse into the inner-workings of one of the most promising developments in juvenile justice reform: the use of non-punitive, therapeutic programs to change behavior and help youth re-enter their communities. Following the intimate relationships between incarcerated youth and staff in three unique facilities across the country over the course of three years, the film show how these programs work. Based on the Missouri approach, where love and structure, instead of punishment, are used, these programs guide and teach youth how to take responsibility for themselves. Through scenes of conflict, vulnerability, reflection, commitment, and joy, the youth transform before our eyes. Like Any Other Kid shows us the great potential of these youth if we let them be just that: like any other kid.

 

“Like Any Other Kid is simply artful. It is so difficult to articulate the complexity of these kids – and this film does so very, very well.”

Laura Garnette, Chief Probation Officer, Santa Clara County. Probation DepartmentFlyer_Like-Any-Other-Kid