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Film Screening and Conversation with Dr . Rios

You're Invited to The Pushouts: A Film Screening and In-Person Conversation with Dr. Victor Rios 

November 7, 2023Napa Valley Unified School District Auditorium at 2425 Jefferson Street, Napa.

  • 5:30-6:00 pm Light Appetizers 
  • 6:00-7:00 pm Screening of The Pushouts
  • 7:00-7:30 pm Conversation with Dr. Rios

Open to the public. RSVP requested, not required.

Audience: All are welcome to attend this free, in-person event. Most appropriate for children in middle school and older.

About: The Pushouts!

Filmed over more than 25 years, The Pushouts weaves Dr. Victor Rios’s inspiring dropout-to-professor narrative with stories of YO!Watts, a youth center serving 16-24 year-olds who are out of school and out of work. A then-and-now story of unusual intimacy and depth, THE PUSHOUTS trades narratives of tragedy and victimization for true stories of grit and resilience, highlighting the vast potential of young people to thrive when given access to meaningful opportunities and connections to adults who care.

Dr. Rios’ message of resiliency and drive serves as an inspiration for students and families and highlights the power of a high care/high expectation culture like that at NVUSD schools. 

About Dr. Victor Rios

Dr. Victor Rios is MacArthur Foundation Chair and Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his Ph.D. at the University of California Berkeley in 2005. Professor Rios has worked with local school districts to develop programs for students who have been left behind in their education. Using his personal experience of living on the streets, dropping out of school, and being incarcerated as a juvenile—along with his research findings—he has developed interventions for marginalized students aimed at promoting personal transformation and civic engagement. These programs have been implemented in many schools across the United States; juvenile detention facilities; and alternative high schools. He is also the author of six books including, My Teacher Believes in Me: The Educator’s Guide to At-Promise Students (2019); Street Life: Poverty, Gangs, and a Ph.D. (2011); Buscando Vida, Encontrando Éxito: La Fuerza de La Cultura Latina en la Educación (2016); and Human Targets: Schools, Police, and the Criminalization of Latino Youth (2017).

Dr. Rios has been featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Ted Talks, the Oprah Winfrey Network, Primer Impacto, and National Public Radio. He has had the honor of meeting President Obama and advising his administration on gun violence and policing. His Ted Talk “Help for kids the education system ignores” has garnered over 1.6 Million views. He is the subject of the documentary film The Pushouts (

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