Oct 24 2018

What We’re Into This October

an update on everything CASA staff is buzzing about! We’re here as Certified Professional Enthusiasts to kick of the series with some ~super~ recommendations on movies, articles, and everything else in recent memory that pertains to our advocacy at CASA.

So boil some water, relax with a warm cup of tea, and read up on our latest musings!


If you’re on the hunt for a good read, check out

This Is 18, New York Times

“Eighteen is an age. But it’s also something more. It’s a moment, a rite of passage, a gateway to adulthood... ‘This is 18’ aims to capture what life is like for girls turning 18 in 2018 across oceans and cultures — in Mexico and Mississippi, Ramallah and Russia, Bangladesh and the Bronx. But while girls have long been the subject of the photographer’s lens, they have far less often been behind it. So we asked young women photographers to document girls in their communities — taking the photos and conducting the interviews themselves. Each photographer was paired with a professional mentor to guide them through the process. The result is a celebration of girlhood around the world — across 12 time zones and 15 languages, featuring 21 subjects and 22 photographers. (Yeah, it was a lot.)

We’re thrilled to present #ThisIs18 — a look at girls’ lives, through girls’ eyes.​​” 

Domestic Violence Awareness Hasn’t Caught Up With #MeToo. Here’s Why, New York Times

“October is domestic violence awareness month. We talked to experts and survivors about why the conversation around domestic violence differs from sexual assault and what would need to change for domestic violence to have its own cultural reckoning.” 

Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall, Denver Moore and Lynn Vincent

“After Ron Hall, a selfish successful art dealer, admits to cheating on his wife, she forces him to volunteer at a homeless shelter. There Denver Moore, a homeless ex-convict, helps Ron to change his life.”

“Same Kind of Different as Me is a tale told in two unique voices – Ron Hall & Denver Moore – weaving two completely different life experiences into one common journey where both men learn ‘whether we is rich or poor or something in between this earth ain’t no final restin’ place. So in a way, we is all homeless-just workin’ our way toward home.’”

A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown

“A Piece of Cake is a memoir about a woman who entered into foster care after her mother passed away. It follows her journey through the system as she essentially gets lost in the system and ends up on the streets. It’s horrible to hear about the things she went through but it also makes you realize how important the role of CASA is in making sure our kids are not forgotten and that they are safe.” – Hollie Toups, Teen Advocacy Specialist. 

If your commute is a drag and you’ve grown tired of Top 40's radio, listen to 

Serial, Season 3

“Serial is heading back to court. This time, in Cleveland. A year inside a typical American courthouse. This season we tell you the extraordinary stories of ordinary cases. One courthouse, told week by week.”

11 Mental Health Podcasts Worth Checking Out

From “The Dark Place” to “The Hilarious World of Depression,” check out these podcasts that deal with anxiety, depression, and coping mechanisms for those dealing with mental health issues.  

If your Netflix queue is running low, watch

Atypical, streaming on Netflix

“This heartfelt comedy follows Sam, a teenager on the autism spectrum, who has decided he is ready for romance. In order to start dating -- and hopefully find love -- Sam will need to be more independent, which also sends his mother on her own life-changing path. She and the rest of Sam's family, including a scrappy sister and a father seeking a better understanding of his son, must adjust to change and explore what it means to be 'normal.'"

The Haunting of Hill House, streaming on Netflix

“When a family tragedy brings the group together — including their now-reclusive father...they’re forced to reexamine the ways they’ve shut down, hurt, and betrayed one another over the years. They also have to confront the issue of Hill House itself: what really happened when they were children, who was to blame, and what forces may be luring each of them back.” via The Verge

Boy, Erased, in theaters November 2

“Jared is the son of a small-town Baptist pastor who gets outed to his parents at age 19. He's soon faced with an ultimatum -- attend a gay conversion therapy program or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends and faith.”

Gone Baby Gone, streaming on HBO

“This movie surprisingly ties into the work we do, touching on the hard work of keeping a child with biological parents who are struggling financially or to place the children with non-relatives who are affluent, and how each situation could both benefit and/or harm a child.” – Tess Gillespie, Intake and Retention Manager

That’s it for now! Be sure stay up to date on all our CASA musings by following us on Facebook and Instagram at @casatravis and tag us on social media if you have any recommendations of your own!

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