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Film Screening: PERSONAL STATEMENT with director Julie Dressner Penn C89

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Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

3680 Walnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Please join us for a free screening and panel discussion of PERSONAL STATEMENT. This award-winning documentary film created by a Penn alumna features three inspirational high school seniors who are working as college counselors in their schools and are determined to get their entire classes to college, even though they are not sure they are going to make it there themselves. Screening will be followed by a panel discussion with director Julie Dressner (C’89), cast member Enoch Jemmott, Netter Center founding director Dr. Ira Harkavy (C'70 GR'79), and others.

Free and open to the public! (Registration strongly encouraged but not required.)

PERSONAL STATEMENT was recently nominated for an Emmy Award!

More information and a trailer to the film can be found here: www.personalstatementfilm.com

This is a Penn Homecoming event co-sponsored by the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Penn Alumni Relations, the Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND), and Philly School Counselors United

PERSONAL STATEMENT'S engagement and impact campaign is using the film to inspire young people to persist to college and to spark a national conversation about the college guidance gap. Our goal is to bolster efforts to increase access to college for low-income students by building support for more resources to close the college counseling gap and to eliminate other systemic barriers to college. There are promising reforms already in the works, for example:

On May 8th, 2019, legislation was introduced to ensure that students have greater access to school counselors. Senate Bill 650, sponsored by Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny), and House Bill 1401, sponsored by Reps. Dan Miller (D-Allegheny) and Tom Murt (R-Montgomery), would require, among other things, that school districts employ at least one school counselor and one school social worker for every 250 students.

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Check out also: Penn First Plus Homecoming Celebration (3:00-4:30 pm at The Arch) to learn more about initiatives supporting the first-generation and/or lower-income journey for students and alumni at Penn.

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