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Finding their heroes

Cleveland's covenant project gives troubled youth direction

Twelve high school students gathered in a Cleveland area church early this year. They'd all had minor brushes with the law or were in danger of dropping out of school. They came together to discuss the movie Fox Searchlight, www.foxsearchlight.com).

A Cleveland native, Fisher was a physically, emotionally and sexually abused foster child. The homeless teenager joined the Navy, where he stayed for 11 years and confronted his past. Now he's a successful author and screenwriter.

The discussion that unfolded was part of The Covenant Project, which helps at-risk seventh- through 12th-graders overcome obstacles that prevent them from reaching their academic potential. The Lutheran Church of the Covenant in the Cleveland suburb of Maple Heights operates the project in cooperation with the Community Re-Entry Program and Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry.


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