The 2011 Emmy Nominations were just announced and a documentary film called Invisible: the Diaries of New York's Homeless Youth made the cut! The Emmy nomination is significant because it is the first film to be nominated that was co-created by homeless youth. And, they happen to be students of the Reciprocity Foundation--the nonprofit organization that I co-founded with Adam Bucko 7 years ago. This is a huge victory for homeless youth. We have spent the past 7 years convincing corporations, government and the public that homeless youth aren't hopeless--they have enormous talent, creativity and potential.
Told mostly from a first person perspective, the film explores and demystifies the causes of youth homelessness: being orphaned, fleeing chronic physical and sexual abuse, or simply trying to escape overwhelming economic dilemmas. The Emmy nod was surely the result of the film's honesty--the homeless youth featured speak with integrity about the circumstances that made them homeless, and about the hope they found at the Reciprocity Foundation.
The youth featured in the Emmy-nominated film have broken the cycle of poverty. The Reciprocity approach combines hands-on job training with meditation, yoga, counseling, mentorship, creativity, and huge doses of love. Today, these youth are college graduates, film-makers, activists and community leaders. Not only that, they are mentors to the younger kids in our program--demonstrating how success opened their hearts to the plight of other homeless kids.
If you're inspired by this film, become a volunteer to homeless youth in your community. We can help connect you to youth who need your creativity, love and support.
ABOUT US: The Reciprocity Foundation is an award-winning not-for-profit organization celebrated for it's innovative approaches to helping homeless youth break the cycle of poverty. Using an integrated approach--that combines job training, yoga, meditation, media training and whole-person counseling--the Reciprocity Foundation has helped hundreds of homeless youth reach their full potential.