If you're looking for a place to hide, this isn't it. At our school, we want you to demand that we help you. There is no shame in asking for help. – Vonda Viland, Principal, Black Rock High School At a remote Mojave Desert high school, educators believe that empathy and life skills, more than academics, give at-risk students command of their own futures. At Black Rock High School, the methods are unique and the model is innovative: no punitive measures, no end-date, and no formal graduation. Employing a vérité approach during a year at the school, The Bad Kids follows Black Rock High School principal Vonda Viland as she coaches three at-risk teens – a new father who can't support his family; a young woman grappling with sexual abuse; and an angry young man from an unstable home – through the traumas and obstacles that rob them of their spirit and threaten their goal of a high school diploma. The film depicts how a radical approach to education can combat the crippling effects of poverty in the lives of these so-called "bad kids." A discussion on the intractable problem of generational poverty and how public education can better support all students in our nation's schools that followed the advances screening of The Bad Kids. INTRODUCTION Victoria McCullough Social Impact and Public Policy Director, Tumblr PARTICIPANTS Keith Fulton @BadKidsMovie Co-Director, The Bad Kids Lou Pepe @BadKidsMovie Co-Director, The Bad Kids Vonda Viland Principal, Black Rock High School, Yucca Valley, California India Williams @cisnational Alumna, Communities In Schools Elena Silva @NewAmericaEd Director, PreK-12, Education Policy Program, New America Join the conversation online by using #TheBadKids and by following @NewAmericaNYC.