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Pushing Back Against the Odds: A Documentary - Keynote - Panel  - Poetry

Friday November 15

King Hall, Room 1001
10:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Filmed over more than 25 years, THE PUSHOUTS weaves Rios’s inspiring dropout-to-professor narrative with stories of YO!Watts, a youth center serving 16-24 year-olds who are out of school and out of work. A then-and-now story of unusual intimacy and depth, THE PUSHOUTS trades narratives of tragedy and victimization for true stories of grit and resilience, highlighting the vast potential of young people to thrive when given access to meaningful opportunities and connections to adults who care.


10:00am Introductions
11:15am Victor Rios • Keynote and Audience Discussion
12:00pm Break (Panel Discussion will commence during lunch break)
12:30pm Panel Discussion
1:30pm Reception • SAYS Poetry reading

Lunch and refreshments will be served, please RSVP

For more information, please contact Nina Marie Bell at