May 14, 2015
“Know How” is a musical film about foster youth, which started in the Possibility Project, an arts group that aims to build community among teenagers for cross-cultural understanding, youth leadership, and nonviolent conflict resolution.
According to Jennifer Rodriguez, executive director of the Youth Law Center, fewer than 50 percent of foster youth graduate from high school; of the 25 percent who do go to college, fewer than 5 percent graduate. Mental illness, homelessness, underemployment, and unemployment are more likely to occur among people who have aged out of the system.
The film has partnered with the Youth Law Center to petition the California legislature to pass A.B. 403, which would set policies to ensure that congregate care is only used when necessary and that when children must be placed in institutional care, it’s a temporary and individualized measure that would lead rapidly to integration with families.
Organizations mentioned/involved: Youth Law Center (YLC)