In the shadow of our nation's capital, high school students face more than just the challenges of schoolwork. They have to deal with inner-city gangs, drug dealers, drive-by shootings, a lack of role models, and little parental support. It can be a struggle just to stay alive -- which is why many D.C. teenagers never graduate. The Fly By Light program seeks to break this cycle with a series of after-school workshops culminating in an 8-day nature retreat. For many of them, it is their first time leaving the city, hiking in the woods, cooling off in a creek, uncovering difficult emotions, or expressing their feelings through art. Let this music video from the program wash over you like a cool stream, move you with raw emotion, energize you with the beat of drums. It is the sound of transformation, self-acceptance, friendship, and hope for a brighter future.

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  • Martha

    This reminds of the Amala Foundation Youth Leadership program, Austin, TX, including good works of community service, led by youth every 6weeks. Perhaps there is interest to connect and to learn what shared activities or help is available for the Fly By Light program, including attendance at Amala's next Global Youth Peace Summit, held in the summer.

  • Janet Shaver

    That we have a hope and to keep looking for the light of God in the midst and participate with God. Thank you for answering the call on your life. We are all better for it.

  • Kristin Pedemonti

    I loved seeing the trust created and the ritual use of fire, the diving into nature. The joy, the release. <3 PS As someone who lives in DC, thank you!

  • Eileen L Detloff

    The young ages, the struggles, the emotions, the caring, the small moment in a life that can make a tremendous difference in a life.

  • Noelle

    Seeing particiapnts shine in their glory n prana!!! Being with a sense of bliss soooo inspiring- thanks to all!

  • deborah barnes

    Ooops forebears and limited.

  • deborah barnes

    And when adults face the truth of the culture, a culture and a world designed to support a way of thinking that sets up the inequity by sustaining antique ideas and beliefs via a hierarchical construct. Children pushed back into the system that created the problems they are dealing with, to enable some quasi "better life" that more and more people are questioning...why? There is another story, we are not the creatures our forbears believed us to be . Science and technology are tools of research but face it, they have been used to plunder and pillage, same as it was before. We are not ,imited by this old story, we can really leap the paradigm if first we believe we can!

  • Michelle

    Everything!!! May our Whole World learn to Fly By Light!! GRATITUDE and LOVE the ll those involved!!

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  • Watch an abbreviated version of the documentary, "Fly By Light," which follows four teenagers as they go through the program -- and then return to the challenges of everyday life. 
  • Volunteer your time and talent to help disadvantaged youth. Call your local Boys and Girls Club or YMCA to ask about opportunities, or try VolunteerMatch or Idealist.org.
  • Have compassion for all kids today. Remember what it was like to be a child, at the mercy of others for basic needs. Show them the world is a caring place.

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