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The Foster Care Film & Community Engagement Project is hosting a preview screening of "Family Rewritten," its soon-to-be released, third film. The screening will take place at Halyards bar in Gowanus/Park Slope, Brooklyn on Saturday, December 3rd at 5 pm. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will benefit City Living, NY, a Brooklyn-based non-profit organization that supports youth who are aging out of foster care.
The film screening will be followed by a discussion panel with foster youth, advocates and social workers. Confirmed panelists include:
Liz Northcutt, LMSW - Founder of City Living NY, a non-profit which assists youth aging out of the foster care system in NYC. Liz has worked in child welfare for the last decade and is passionate about advocating for the rights of foster youth. She was the Brooklyn Borough Coordinator at Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and prior to that worked as a caseworker at St. Vincent’s Services.
Virginia Vitzthum - Editor of Represent, a national magazine written by and for youth in foster care. Virginia's work has been published in the Village Voice, Ms., the Washington City Paper, ELLE, alternet, Time Out New York, the Huffington Post, Salon.com and Washingtonpost.com.
Samantha Smith - Former foster youth and current Social Worker. Samantha is a dedicated advocate and spokesperson for youth in foster care, working hard to change what is broken in the foster care system. She’s travelled to Albany, Washington DC, California, and Oregon in order to share her knowledge and experience while in foster care. Samantha is a recent grad0.2uate of John Jay college and is currently employed as a Social Worker in an Elder Abuse Program to identify, eliminate, and prevent abuse.
Milcah Slater - Milcah is currently a junior at Baruch College and recent graduate from Kingsborough Community College. She is an active member of the Youth Leadership Council for ACS and CUNY Malave Leadership Academy. She is the Vice President of the Youth Advisory of New Yorkers for Children. Milcah is also a recipient of City Living NY services.
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About the Foster Care Fims and Community Engagement Project (FCFCCEP)
FCFCEP provides an opportunity for foster youth to be heard through storytelling, writing and art, and connects youth to those who have an opportunity to make a difference within the system. The project has released two other award-winning documentary shorts — “My Identity” and “Feeling Wanted.” "Family Rewritten" is the third film in the series. To learn more about FCFCEP and "Family Rewritten" please visit http://fostercarefilm.com/familyrewritten.
About City Living NY
City Living NY programs include providing household goods for apartments, mentorships and referrals to counseling, education and job training programs. During the event, City Living NY will have an Amazon Wish List set up, providing attendees the opportunity to purchase and donate items from the list for foster youth
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This project is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).
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Foster Care Film & Community Engagement Project
The goal of Foster Care Film & Community Engagement Project is to provide role models for youth currently in the foster care system, giving them work experience as well as hope and inspiration for a better future.
Through film and media, we intend to dispel negative stereotypes about foster care by showing how school, extended family, and the kindness of strangers can help a child find their path in life. By educating general audiences about foster care, we can inspire prospective parents, mentors, or advocates to take action within their communities.