About the Film

Show Me the Way“Show Me the Way,” a documentary co-produced and co-directed by Sheila A. Laffey and William Gazecki, focuses on the power of mentoring in keeping students in high school and ensuring that they go to college.  (View the credits.)

The film highlights five urban high school students who are navigating the challenges of home and school life with the help of a mentor, who they met through the Fulfillment Fund, a Los Angeles-based college access organization.

Christian Alvarado, a senior at Los Angeles High School, and his mentor Tony Keats
Jacob Gutierrez, a senior at Foshay Learning Center, and his mentor Ali Robles
Andrea Rojas, a senior at North Hollywood High School, and her mentor Kia Hellman
Thu Huynh, a senior at Van Nuys High School, and her mentor Cassandra Yeh
Josefina Martinez, a senior at Venice High School, and her mentor Kitty Felde

“Some people don’t have parents who are supportive of certain things, or they have family problems. Mentors are always there for you. You can always tell them your problems and ask them questions and they’ll try their best to help you out. ”Josefina Martinez

“Initially, I was concerned about whether I could be a good mentor. I realized that with mentoring, you’re not supposed to be a substitute parent, you’re supposed to be a friend. If they want advice, they’ll ask you for it.”Tony Keats, mentor to Christian Alvarado

“Mentoring is something that happens over time- it’s a process within a relationship. The benefits unfold gradually, sometimes long after the relationship is over.”William Gazecki, “Show Me the Way” Co-Producer and Director

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