Image from the film Paper TigersIn an effort to ignite conversation and create awareness about traumatized youth, Illinois State University’s College of Education and Illinois Education Association Affiliates will host a film screening of Paper Tigers, from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in Braden Auditorium at the Bone Student Center.

The event is free and open to the public, and the film will be followed by an expert panel discussion. Online registration is preferred, but not required. Participants need to register by Tuesday, March 29.

Paper Tigers is an intimate look into the lives of selected students at Lincoln High School, an alternative school that specializes in educating traumatized youth. Set amidst the rural community of Walla Walla, Washington, the film intimately examines the inspiring promise of Trauma Informed Communities–a program that is showing great promise in healing youth struggling with the dark legacy of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES). These potentially traumatic childhood events can have lasting effects on later-life health and well-being.

This event is being co-hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Illinois Education Association Affiliates Region 14 and Region 62, Bloomington Education Association, Bloomington Education Support Personnel, Unit 5 Education Association, Unit 5 Support Professionals Association, Illinois State University Non-Tenure Track Faculty Association, and the College of Education.

For more information, contact Kris Harding at (309) 438-2454.