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Social change through a film written and acted by foster care youth

Juan Carlos

Know How is not a documentary nor is it fiction. It’s a hybrid approach for using film to create social change. Instead of professional screenwriters and actors, these true stories are written and performed by a cast of ordinary foster care youth, and their performances are powerful, moving, and eye-opening. Know How is a musical that brings authentic voices and unseen stories to the screen.

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  • Juan Carlos

    Why a film by young people in foster care? Because the system doesn’t work and the human cost of its dysfunction is one few are aware of. Consider this: a few years after aging out of foster care, only 50% of young people will complete high school or a GED, 60% will be convicted of a crime, 75% will receive public assistance, and only 6% will complete a college degree. A system producing these results needs to change. We believe that KNOW HOW can be a pivotal step toward that change.

    The heart of KNOW HOW is the foster care cast: Deshawn Brown (now 23 years old), Niquana Clark (21), Michael Kareem Dew (22), Gabrielle Garcia (20), Lee Jimenez (22), Gilbert Howard (23), Claribelle Pagan (19), and Ebonee Simpson (21).

    KNOW HOW is directed by Juan Carlos Pineiro Escoriaza (“Second Skin”) and Produced by Marcus Clarke (Love & HipHop NY 3) and Paul Griffin (Founder/President of The Possibility Project).

    KNOW HOW has emerged from the efforts of The Possibility Project, a non-profit organization in NYC that brings teenagers together to transform the negative forces in their lives and communities into positive action through projects like this one. The Possibility Project has produced 21 original musicals with over 900 young people. KNOW HOW is the organization’s first film.