'For Ahkeem' Documentary Explores Troubled Teen's Powerful Journey While Inspiring Change

Eight years ago it struck me that I was in the midst of a movie.

At the time, I was reporting a People “Hero” feature about a school created to save struggling students from the school-to-prison pipeline. Suspended or expelled for misdeeds under academic zero-tolerance policies, these kids in my St. Louis hometown — often traumatized by violent streets — risked winding up dead or in jail without ever collecting a high school diploma. Their fates illustrate the very real incarceration of America’s youth in startling numbers that disproportionately target Black teens.

For a year I was in-and-out of Innovative Concept
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