American Families Under Siege (01:37)
Approximately 20% of America's children live in poverty. Homicide is the leading cause of death for young African American men. Dolores Sheen heads a school created for at-risk children in Watts.
Watts Struggles to Survive (02:12)
An expert reflects on the 1965 Watts uprising and the area's continued deterioration. The Sheenway School and Culture Center teaches survival skills, self-respect, and responsibility to students from preschool through 12th grade. (Graphic images)
Sheenway School and Culture Center (02:00)
Dolores Sheen describes family characteristics of typical students. This film's video-diarists, Sheenway students, introduce themselves and discuss their exposure to violence.
A Village Raises a Child (02:35)
Dolores Sheen discusses the importance of parental involvement. Parents describe the Sheenway School's approach. Students take viewers on a tour of the school.
Learning Social Skills (02:31)
Dolores Sheen describes the atmosphere at Sheenway School. Students enjoy a variety of foods at a tea party. A student describes her growth at the school.
Interview with Latasha (02:02)
Latasha takes viewers on a tour of her home and discusses her dreams for the future. She films a debate with one of her friends about Sheenway School and public schools.
Interview with Edward (02:24)
Edward takes viewers on a tour of his home on Thanksgiving Day. His grandmother and Delores Sheen discuss the changes in Edward since attending Sheenway School.
Field Trips (01:52)
Sheenway School students visit UCLA. They learn about African musical instruments and art. Dolores Sheen discusses exposing children to the wider world.
Meeting the Budget and More (02:56)
Dolores Sheen uses baking to help students learn math. Sheen discusses the struggle to keep Sheenway School financially afloat. Students describe "Aunt Dolores."
A Serious Infraction (03:57)
Mr. Clay reveals startling news about two students; Juan and Brian admit to taking Brian's mother's van. Dolores Sheen and the boys' parents call the police; Sheen is heartbroken.
Learning the Hard Way (02:06)
Dolores Sheen, Latasha, Brian's mom, express their feelings about the stolen van. Juan and Brian discuss taking accountability.
I Am (02:16)
Mr. Clay sees identifies with Sheenway School students. Latasha and Edward discuss their dreams. Dolores Sheen reflects on Edward's fear of graduation; she talks to Edward about his future.
Contributing to Society (01:35)
Dolores Sheen shares her definition of success. Everything we do must inspire and enrich our children in order to secure our future.
Credits: The Sheenway Experience: Tough Love (01:08)
Credits: The Sheenway Experience: Tough Love
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