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I'm 19, and I've been out of High School almost two years. I live in New
Orleans currently. This morning around 4 AM, I stumbled upon AH. I hate
television, but your program had the ability to hold my interest. Since
I grew up in an extremely small community, I was always fearful of myself.
I was always very popular, but it was always a front to be accepted. I
always had a strong hunger to be myself. I just wanna tell the cast that
I really admire the level of boldness to be transparent before cameras
and really show other teens that it's simply not a weird thing to wanna
explore themselves. I don't remember who said it in the program (dance
show episode) last night, but it best describes my life-paraphrased-"I
know that I have a lot to offer, but fear has never let me explore my
potential." Off creating my on path, Mat
I am a bit old in some ways to be watching a program about teen lives.
the other aspect it takes me back to a time where I felt like all of them
time or another. It saddens me however I have yet to do anything with
being given the same opportunities as everyone else. I cheer the show
respect public television picking it up. These kids , future adults of
world, have the spirit of all impossibilities of life. Morgan by far is
greatest motivator of all the teens!!!! He emits that out of control feeling
and the struggle to keep it under wraps.The kid is battling his disability
most times ends up in negative energy, and he's winning. I hope that this
has continues to help him grow into the young man he wants to be. In some
felt like I didn't have a life watching this "teen" show. I
realize its not just
a teen show but a very real , very human show. I am disappointed that
racial diversity wasn't in the show, and also physical diversity, most
teens seem fit and well proportioned. The reality of that is no one will
touch on anorexia or the way publicity of models gives young women and
self esteem. If there is an opportunity for these film makers to make
show maybe looking at the reality of Chicago kid in the city and their
would however understand the .... safety concerns that would be addressed.
However the kids seen really are wonderful , wonderful , examples of kids
would want to find when my 2 young daughters attend high school some day.
is truly a great electricity given off from these teens hopeful towards
futures. I hope they can give some of the other teens out there the hope
follow their dreams and challenge the world by being their own people.
As I am
coming up on my 30's in a few short years, I for the first time in years
disappointment in my own lack of success, realise from these teens I still
a future and those dreams never die they are just sometimes put away on
When Morgan came home on the first day of his senior year and announced
going to be in a documentary, we decided to live our lives in front of
for 10 months. We didn't develope any strategy other than supporting him
his desire. Parenting him for 19 years has never been boring, has been
rewarding and sometimes exhausting. There are highs and lows in every
hours. The stories that emerged from the vast amount of raw video footage
identified by the very dedicated editing and production people. If what
seen on t.v. was more dramatic and edgy than the quieter moments, we
understand that. The filming ended last June; we will always be there
Morgan. When we watch him on film and see how his complexities attract
other teenagers, we recognize that the best qualities we could want in
surface along with those things that frustrate us. When I first saw some
the edited film, I was uncomfortable to see some of the nasty bits. But
they were real and belonged in the episodes. When I shared this with Morgan,
he put it in perspective immediately. He said, "Dad, look at it this
took one for the team." We love this kid. Perhaps if you watch all
episodes you will see a larger view. Whatever, we have no regrets: its
incredible piece of work, as is Morgan.
- Morgans dad
I am a parent of a 26 year old and a 19 year old and I hope I have been
encouraging toward my kids. We all have times where we make mistakes and
hope the episodes we saw are not typical of the parent - child relationship
some of these families. I love this show and feel some of the thoughts
emotions have not changed that much since I was a teen. We also worried
the future, thought we could not exist without our boy/girl friends and
rebelled against our parents and society (those wonderful 60's and 70's).
honesty and openness of these teens make me love each one of them because
all have such special and unique qualities. Thank you for sharing!!
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