When Johnny Cuantianquiz was 12 years old, his brother passed away. Just entering high school, Johnny felt unmotivated to excel in his education. After two years of struggling in school, Johnny ended up in Redwood High school, a continuation program for at-risk students. The My.Future grant, provided the resources to create the following film. It’s the highest quality short film, that the Mervin G. Morris Clubhouse has created in few years. It was entered into a competition against fourteen media sites, similar to what the Boys & Girls Club provides, hosted by Adobe Youth voices. Out of the fourteen sites, “Pathways” was awarded the highest honor of recognition. This really motivated Johnny. He is currently working with staff at the Boys & Girls Club and with teachers at his school to graduate on time. He is 8 credits away from walking the stage and has two more months of school left. Creating a short film that told his story truly gave Johnny the confidence to continue for his goal of graduating for his brother.
Hear the moving words that Johnny reads to his deceased brother, Anthony about education success and how life goes on when you lose a loved one.