Lucero: They Treated Me Like an Individual, Not a Criminal

The narrative so often heard about group homes suggests that staff are cold-hearted and rules are rigid, leaving the teenagers who live there feeling like they have no freedom and no voice. But that’s not always what foster youth placed in group homes experience.

“It just seemed more like a place where teenagers can actually rehabilitate, rather than just be contained somewhere like a criminal,” Lucero said.

Lucero’s story encourages us to look past the child who might be acting up, talking back or not wanting to engage–to look underneath the damage. Lucero admits she was a tough kid, but watching her now, in her early twenties, soon to graduate from the University of Southern California, you would never know it.

This is her story:

This video was produced by The Storyboard Project, an online documentary web-series created by Mira Zimet and Eric Weintraub.

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Mira Zimet is an award-winning educational and documentary filmmaker. She has been producing videos for almost twenty years. Recently, she launched The Storyboard Project to give foster youth transitioning into adulthood the opportunity to tell their story using a visual medium. You can learn more at Follow her on twitter @SPBYourStory.

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  1. Thank you for sharing your story. It should be required viewing for management and staff of group homes. Not everyone received the blessing you did.

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