This documentary details the effects of the cutting of Louisiana’s Young Adult Program, a program that helps teenagers from foster homes transition to young adulthood. Governor Bobby Jindal recently cut this program in 2013. This documentary highlights how an organization from New Orleans, “Blessed 26”, are helping teenagers currently in the foster care system with that transition from foster care to young adulthood without the help of state recourses. The organization teaches respect, networking, and social skills to help combat the negative images the public has on African American teenagers from New Orleans, and helps with giving these teenagers options for life after foster care. At the end of the 10-week course, suits are fitted and purchased for each student, and a dinner is held in honor of the students and attended by professional African American men form the community as an ultimate networking experience. The film will be shot in New Orleans, Louisiana and our film is currently budgeted at $60,000. We hope that with grant and community support, we can create a compelling film that will highlight the teenagers in our community who don’t fit the social norms that most expect them to fit. These men are college bound, respectful, and God fearing, a type of African American teenager one would not expect to see in New Orleans, Louisiana. They are Invisible Men, and it is our hope that you will help us to Illuminate them.
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Jonathan Isaac Jackson