Catalyst Chicago: Putting dropouts back on track using the power of film

Lights, camera, action …. the power of film … a good story, a strong narrative, finding your voice. That is what film can accomplish. Working with Community TV Network, teens who have been dropouts become storytellers of their own lives

For Angeline White, a 2011 graduate of Prologue Early College High School in Chicago, the opportunity to direct a film about being homeless changed her life.

The film, titled “Home Sweet Home,” punched her ticket to the National Film Festival for Talented Youth, held in Seattle in April. Angeline worked on the film through the Community TV Network (CTVN), a non-profit that works with former out-of-school youth to teach them to imagine themselves as smart, capable and successful individuals with the ability to tell powerful stories.