Teens Who Counsel Teens on College

October 10, 2018

Personal Statement, part of America Reframed, premieres Wedesday, October 24 at 10 p.m. on WLIW.

Personal Statement follows three inspirational teens in Brooklyn who take it upon themselves to make a difference by becoming peer college counselors in their schools. They are high school seniors who are fighting to defy the odds not only for themselves but for every single one of their classmates. They have decided to become the very resource they don’t have themselves.

In the heart of Brooklyn, New York, Karoline Jimenez, Christine Rodriguez and Enoch Jemmott aspire to become the first generation in their families to attend and graduate college. But, like so many public school students throughout the country, their under-resourced schools don’t have enough college guidance support. That is why Karoline, Christine and Enoch have decided to do their part to close the college guidance gap. Personal Statement is an observational film that follows them through their senior year as they struggle to get themselves and their peers to college. The film’s narrative weaves their individual struggles, family life and their respective college application and admission processes.

Personal Statement is a film by Juliane Dressner and Edwin Martinez and a collaboration of WORLD Channel and American Documentary Inc. in association with Latino Public Broadcasting. Funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as part of American Graduate’s public media initiative Getting to Work, the MacArthur Foundation, the Wyncote Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding provided by The JPB Foundation and the Ford Foundation as part of WNET’s public media initiative Chasing the Dream.

Watch episodes of America Reframed on WLIW.org or on PBS apps.

Through the lens of independent documentaries, America Reframed brings to audiences compelling stories that illuminate the changing contours of an ever-evolving America. The social-issue series presents an array of personal voices and experiences through which we learn from our past, understand our present and are challenged to seek new frameworks for America’s future. Hosted by Natasha Del Toro.