Youth Mobilizers Screens ‘Race To Nowhere’ For Teens

LATC News:

Youth Mobilizers from the Los Alamos Teen Center (LATC), which is run by the Y and funded through Los Alamos County, are slated to show the documentary film “Race to Nowhere” to their fellow teens at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21 and 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26 at  the teen center, 20th Street and Central Avenue.

“Youth Mobilizers are young people who choose issues that affect their schools or communities and do the necessary research to present to school boards, town councils, and other government entities, with a view to solving problems,” Coordinator Maire O’Neill said.

“Race to Nowhere” is a documentary film examining the pressures facing young people, teachers and parents in the high-stakes world of public education. The goal of the film is to increase awareness and create the will to transform education, redefine success for students and safeguard their health.

The film was shown in Los Alamos in March 2014 by then Los Alamos High School Senior Tessa Snyder, however, the teens feel that little has changed with regard to the homework issue since then, she said.

“Last fall, the LATC Youth Mobilizers identified homework as a major stressor for young people in Los Alamos and decided to conduct a survey early this year to document how and why academic stress affects teens so strongly in Los Alamos,” O’Neill says. “Their ultimate goal is to work with the school district and others to find ways to alleviate or at least reduce stress for students. Their main area of concern is the effect of homework on high schoolers.”

In a recent community mental health survey, homework emerged as the top mental health concern, so the teens are pleased to have been on the right track when choosing a community issue to address.

The Youth Mobilizers project kicks off with showings of “Race to Nowhere” which will be followed by discussion forums for teens only, moderated by Michelangelo Lobato, Kristine Coblentz, and Maire O’Neill. Any teen interested in joining Youth Mobilizers and/or getting involved in this project can contact Maire O’Neill at the Teen Center, 505.695.7415 or email

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