‘I’m a living example that it is possible – there is a better way than living on the streets and giving up on life,’ said New Beginning student, Damien, in a recent interview with the Democrat and Chronicle.
Photo Courtesy: Democrat and Chronicle
New Beginning is a small, alternative school for young men, ages 16-21, who have faced challenges in a traditional school setting or who have had an encounter with the criminal justice system. The Rochester City School District’s (RCSD) Youth and Justice Program partners with The Center for Youth to offer the New Beginning School.
New Beginning engages and empowers male students in the Rochester City School District in a smaller setting with the goal of getting them to graduation. The school is designed to help the young men become active members of our community by sustaining or improving academic success, reducing recidivism and enhancing employability.
The If Our Streets Could Talk film project, sponsored by AT&T, features young men in New Beginning.
These students had the opportunity to learn about film and photography while sharing their voices.
This is their story.