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Young and Alone: W5

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Catalogue Number:  CTV826
Producer:  CTV
Subject:  Canadian Social Issues, Criminal Justice & Law, Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, Guidance, Health, Social Issues, Social Sciences, Sociology
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2020
Running Time:  20:00

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Nineteen is an exciting time of life filled with new challenges and opportunities. Many teenagers are focused on preparing for post-secondary education, looking for a job or finding their first apartment. But for kids who grow up in foster care, turning 19 can be incredibly daunting. In British Columbia, this is when most age out and get cut off from emotional and financial support, leaving them at risk for poverty, drug use and suicide.

Sandie Rinaldo explores the case of Alex Gervais, a Canadian boy who took his life just before turning 19 and aging out of foster care.

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