Lifetime Television announced Monday that it has sent education kits to
40,000 high schools nationwide in hopes that educators and guidance counselors
will spark classroom discussions about self-esteem and homelessness.
Those kits are keyed to the network's original movie, Homeless to Harvard:
The Liz Murray Story, a fact-based drama scheduled April 7 at 9 p.m.
That initiative will also be linked to Lifetime's "Be Your Own Hero"
Starring Thora Birch (American Beauty), the primetime movie tells the
story of a teen-ager raised in poverty by loving but drug-addicted parents.
After her mother's AIDS-related death, she goes back to high school, earns her
diploma in two years and wins a New York Times scholarship for needy
students that enables her to attend Harvard University.
The education materials -- designed to fit schools' health, psychology and
sociology curricula -- were created in conjunction with partners Girls Inc. and
the National Alliance to End Homelessness.