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Paper Tigers Event Reveals Success with At-Risk Youth

Pensacola, Fla. (April 1, 2016) – Lakeview Center Children's Services is partnering with numerous local agencies to host a showing of “Paper Tiger,” a compelling, award-winning movie that shows how one school improved outcomes for at-risk youth who had experienced abuse and trauma. The community is invited to attend the free event. A registration link is available on

  • Thursday, April 28, at First United Methodist Church - Perry Home Wesley Abbey, 2 E. Wright St., (the 2-story white building next door at the corner of Wright and Palafox streets)
  • Doors open at 5 p.m., movie starts at 5:30 p.m., Panel discussion starts at 7 until 8 p.m.

The movie follows six troubled teens for a year who attend Lincoln Alternative High School in Walla Walla, Washington. The school specializes in educating traumatized youth and was once considered to be a last chance for students before dropping out.

Scientists have learned that exposure to chronic and adverse stress (and the altered brain function that results) leaves a child in a fruitless search for comfort and escape from a brain and body that is permanently stuck in flight or fight. That comfort comes in the form of drugs, cigarettes, alcohol, sex, food and others. Director James Redford set out to tell a story about the science and the people who are putting Trauma-Informed Care into practice (i.e. doctors, researchers, teachers, nurses, social workers and law enforcement officers). The school created a model that embraces Trauma Informed Care as a way for the youths to avoid self-destructive behaviors. For more information contact, Edna Williams at Lakeview Center by calling 850.432.1222.

An affiliate of Baptist Health Care, Lakeview Center Inc. is a network of behavioral health, vocational and child protective services. These services address a broad spectrum of human needs, reflecting a longstanding commitment to helping people overcome life's challenges.

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