THURSDAY, MAY 25 - 11:30 a.m.
RSVP by Monday, May 22 at noon. 440-423-1245
Non Members welcome with $10 luncheon fee
Our May luncheon will feature a film documentary of teenagers from Northeast Ohio who participate in Open Doors Academy, an
academic enrichment program for impoverished youth and their families. The film entitled, “Up This Hill,” features 20 students who
travel to Harlan, Kentucky, to perform service work and experience how rural poverty is different from urban poverty. Edward Stockhausen, from Open Doors Academy, will introduce the film and share information about the programs they offer and
their remarkable success rates.
“This documentary records the 12th year that we have taken high school students to Kentucky,” said Dr. Annemarie Grassi, CEO of Open Doors Academy. “We wanted to record their journey and document their growth in a way that has never been done before. These
adolescents come from inner-ring suburbs and from the city of Cleveland. They learned that poverty can look vastly different than what
they’ve experienced in their own neighborhoods.” “Up This Hill” has received numerous accolades since its 2016 release. It was recognized as the Best Feature Film at the 2016 Glass City Film Festival, and it was included as an Official Selection of the 2016 Cleveland Urban Film Festival, the Montreal Cinefest, the Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival, and New York Film Week.
Open Doors Academy offers project based learning experiences such as core enrichment programs and academic tutoring, full-day summer camps and service learning trips. At the core of the program is building a safe haven filled with support, creating a sense of community, and fostering the kids’ confidence. One hundred percent of the Academy’s alumni graduate from college.