The Pediatric Health Improvement Coalition for the Tennessee Valley and Causeway are thrilled to invite you to join us for a limited-engagement screening of Paper Tigers, a powerful documentary film that we are hosting at Redemption Point Church (1907 Bailey Ave.) on June 18th at 2:00pm.
Paper Tigers explores the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACES) and toxic stress on struggling teens. The film follows a year in the life of Lincoln High Alternative School in Walla Walla, Washington. Lincoln High School developed a new academic curriculum based on the challenges of children who have significant childhood trauma and saw a dramatic turnaround in everything from the number of fights to test scores to graduation rates. The school has become a promising model of how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that affect families through the practice of trauma-informed educational strategies and is a testament to what the latest research on childhood adversity is proving: that one caring adult can change the trajectory of a young person’s life.
We are hosting the screening because the Pediatric Health Improvement Coalition for the Tennessee Valley and Causeway believe strongly in creating a better future for Chattanooga. We’ve heard a lot in the news recently about our failures in the educational, health, and law enforcement. It’s time to reframe how we think about these topics and become more adamant about designing school and community systems that take childhood trauma into account.
We are excited for you to see this film because we believe that the lifelong challenges associated with adverse childhood experiences are a priority for Chattanooga as we discuss barriers to children succeeding in school and in life.