FYI: Depression strikes about one out of eight teenagers www.teensuicide.us , about 1.5 million children experience the divorce of their parents each year, 14%-39% of teens have had at least one incident of deliberate self-injury, suicide is the third leading cause of death among 10-19 year olds
3 Big Reasons to join:
- Teens will take ownership…teens are stepping up to power a nationwide grassroots movement bigger than any single youth outreach event before.
- Relationships will be built…It’s a movie teens can invite their friends to and be confident that it’s entertaining and authentic. The can go deeper and dialogue with friends about what matters most in life.
- Lives will be changed…on opening weekend, thousands of student groups will gather in theaters with friends and leaders to see “To Save a Life.” Many teens will experience hope and learn that their lives can count. www.tosavealifeleaders.com
I had the privilege to attend a pre-screening of the movie “To Save A Life” as a part of the Arkansas Student Pastor Network event a few weeks ago.
I was stunned at how they were able to capture high school life with such reality. It wasn’t candy coated, but it wasn’t over blown either…there was part of me that wasn’t sure how they were going to tackle such numerous plot lines in under two hours…but they did a great job. I will definitely be promoting it with my students and church. We have already started the process to see if we can land it locally in the theater. We are in a smaller community so we might have to bus a bunch of our students and parents over to Little Rock, AR to see it.
There may be some of you that may be hesitant with the PG-13 rating due to some of the themes running throughout the movie, but I hope that it won’t keep you from using this movie for the many teachable moments that are contained within it. A part that hit me hard was the opportunity that was missed when one of the characters was not “welcomed” as he walked into a youth group meeting…wow, very convicting. I wondered how many students have done the same thing in our area. Discussing the movie with my wife she said something to me that really helped put it into perspective. She said, “High School life is not PG-13…it is R-rated and if we don’t use every tool we can to reach the younger generation…then shame on us.” Well put.
So I would encourage you to check it out and see for yourself if it could be a tool that you could use locally. I pray that my students are shaken to their core…with positive results.
Great Resources are available for this film: Check them out.