What does it mean to be young and homeless

TLP is honored to have been featured in “The Homestretch,” a feature-length documentary from Kartemquin Films and Spargel Productions. “The Homestretch” follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious teenagers - Roque, Kasey, and Anthony - will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age.

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 connects us deeply with larger issues of poverty, race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQ rights.

With unprecedented access into the Chicago Public Schools, The Crib – The Night Ministry’s overnight emergency youth shelter – and Teen Living Programs’ residential living program, Belfort House, “The Homestretch” follows these kids as they move through the milestones of high school while navigating a landscape of couch hopping, emergency shelters, transitional homes, street families, and a school system on the front lines of this crisis. The film examines the struggles homeless youth face in obtaining a high school level education, and then follows them beyond graduation to focus on the crucial transition when the structure of school vanishes and they struggle to find the support and community they need to survive and be independent.

A powerful, original perspective on what it means to be young, homeless, and building a future in America today.



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