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Documentary Explores Race, Class, Education and Service

The national non-profit groups Teach for America and City Year will host a screening of the Academy Award-nominated documentary “All The Difference” on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Fish Screening Room in the Gearan Center for the Performing Arts. The viewing will be followed by a facilitated discussion led by Teach for America and City Year representatives.

Inspired by Wes Moore’s New York Times bestselling book “The Other Wes Moore,” the documentary follows the stories of two young black men over five and a half years as they pursue dreams of graduating from college in spite of the statistical odds, while navigating their lives in low-income, high-risk communities in Chicago. The film, produced and directed by Academy Award-nominee and national Emmy-winner Tod Lending, tracks the men after they graduate from college and find meaningful work in community service.

Watch the film’s trailer here.

“It’s a unique opportunity for students to hear from representatives from two highly regarded national service programs.  We’ve had strong interest in both City Year and Teach for America when they’ve visited campus on separate occasions, so this is especially exciting that Teach for America’s Nick Diaz and City Year’s Michael Cohen were able to align their schedules and collaborate to screen and lead a discussion on “All the Difference,” says Katie Flowers, director for the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning.

Teach for America is a nonprofit organization that works to bring young leaders together to work toward educational equality. The AmeriCorps program City Year is a nonprofit national service organization that strives to improve classroom environments and encourage the educational advancement of youth by providing community-based projects.

The program is hosted in collaboration with Social Justice Studies.