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'Who Cares' inspires; brings to stage troubling youth realities
'Who Cares' inspires; brings to stage troubling youth realities

"How do we evoke change if our methodology remains the same"?

That is the question that for years plagued Sherrell Anderson; a part of the driving force behind her creation of the nonprofit, Teens: What's the Rush, Inc. (TWTR).

But on Jan. 12, 2011, Anderson says that she was given the assignment from God, and from there on delved into laying the framework for TWTR. She set aside her own troubling memories of childhood sexual abuse, to begin serving hundreds of teens across the state.

Two years later, TWTR remains an active force in encouraging Atlanta-area teenagers to avoid destructive behaviors and consequences through Arts programming.

With heightened plans for children and the community in 2013, TWTR will present the stage production, "Who Cares," Saturday, Jan. 26, 12 p.m.-2 p.m. at the Greenforst-McCalep Chirstian Academy Center in the Green Room, on 3181 Rainbow Dr., Decatur, 30034.

"Who Cares" chronicles the challenges of a teacher tasked with educating intelligent, yet disturbed students. He finds himself entangled within the crossfire of his students' lives, and has to decide whether to abandon them or to forge on for change.

"The production is so critical because we dive into the real issues -the issues that are most prevalent, but still taboo. They are taboo at least, until someone's child is killed, raped, or found guilty of a crime. We realize that generational issues create such a huge stigma on our lives, but there has to be a change. My abuse began at 9-years-old and ended at 14, when I was raped by a police officer. I believe God allowed me to go through all of that, to understand, relate and help in the restoration of others,"says Anderson. "Release the pain. Take it from 'paper-to production,' she says. "From there on, it's a process of finding out who you are. The rest is history...Lives are changed. Destiny is realized."

Media members are invited to a press conference and yellow carpet reception preceding the event at 11 a.m.

The program will involve community leaders and special invited guests including Dekalb County Superior Court Judge Tangela Barrie, Monique Rivarde, mother of Bobby Tillman, the Atlanta teen savagely beat to death in 2010; and Gerald and Pam Champion, parents of slain FAMU drum major Robert Champion. Media RSVP: TheEssienAgency (@) gmail.com

The play is open to the public. Tickets may be purchased online or at the door: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4660959054?ref=ebtnebtckt. Tax-deductible donations are accepted year-round.

For more information visit: http://www.teenswhatstherush.org/who-cares.html Twitter #WhoCares