For Love of Family and Community

How can love for family and community be empowering? Pay close attention to how Mary beams when she talks about her goals, and you will see and hear how love of family animates her to seek out challenges that will help her grow as a person, and in the process, create an environment for her sister’s growth as well.

Big thanks to Gabriella Molite, Nakiesha Lawrence, Debbie Cavazos, and Professor Shaun Wright of JMU’s School of Media Arts for producing a longer version of this video that was shown at the DocFest Film Festival in downtown Harrisonburg, VA.

The Measure of Sarai’s Worth

Sarai is enrolled in an academic partnership between Harrisonburg High School and Blue Ridge Community College where she has an opportunity to earn her high school diploma and a college Associate of Arts degree.  Sarai says she could sum up her college statement with five words: “I am worth your time.” We think she’s worth more. Continue reading

Lorenzo

It can be hard to find your voice when people are telling you how you should and shouldn’t be. It’s been a year since this video was made, and Lorenzo has learned to trust his own voice and the support of his SLI peers. Lorenzo has become a leader for SLI service in the community. He articulates a voice for the importance of performing service that is meaningful rather than just something to be added to a college application.

Lupe….and kittens!

The quietest people in the room are sometimes the ones that have the most to say. That’s our friend Lupe. Kind, artistic, family oriented, reflective, funny, fearless, observant, resilient, a fierce reader…and tiny.  Plus kittens!  Much thanks to Nicole Goldstein and Tyler Beatty in JMU’s School of Media Arts and Design for their work on this project.