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The term "at risk" is frequently used to describe youth who are less likely to succeed academically, graduate, or thrive independently during adulthood. It's critical for society to understand that this concept reflects probable outcomes, not certain ones. When at risk youth are given access to an environment where they can express themselves through art, inter-generational communication, and exercise peaceful conflict resolution they are more likely to graduate from high school and avoid crime. Fly By Light is an after-school program run by One Common Unity, a grassroots non-profit community, based in Washington, D.C., that takes a holistic approach to healing traumatized youth from the inner city by bringing them on a week long retreat into nature where they develop life long coping skills, create new relationships, and build trust.Through video documentation, this project tells the larger story of personal growth, emotional transformation, and unconditional acceptance.

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