When it comes to homeless youth, don’t judge a book by its cover

Lawyer Robert Sporny shared his story with me about being a homeless teenager. Sporny was adopted as a baby. Life with his adopted family was difficult and filled with abuse and alcoholism.  On the last day of high school, he left home for good. Overall, he was homeless for one year.

 

Thank you Robert for speaking from the heart about your life experiences. I was moved by our conversation. -Kyle

 

 

Whose stories do history groups tell?

I looked at what struggling historic groups can do to attract more people. Turns out one thing they can do is tell stories from a wider range of perspectives and points-of-view.

That’s certainly one reason I never cared much about history during school–because I never felt like I was hearing about people who I could personally relate to. And I certainly never heard about women during any kind of education about history.

Funny that now as an adult, I’m super-geeking about history, and really loving learning about all kinds of people and stories from back-in-the-day.

 

What’s at stake if kids don’t study the arts in school?

I wanted to explore some broader ideas of why the arts matter.

So meet high school principal Eric Alburtus, who says arts classes give kids a chance to discover new worlds and different ways of thinking and creating.

In fact, Alburtus’ teenage son worked backstage doing lighting and design for the high school’s musicals, and that’s what got him interested in engineering — which he’s going to study in college this fall.