When we transform troubled youth, we change their futures and our our own. But how to reach them? Stargate Theater in New York City has a novel approach: it pays court-involved and at-risk youth to script and stage performance pieces. This process gives youths the opportunity to express themselves while aiming to reduce recidivism, teach literacy, and provide valuable work experience for their resumes. When Christopher Thompson first arrived at Stargate, he was shut down, had poor posture, and failed to hold his head high. The program helped him express his emotions, become more confident, and have hope for the future. It was a step in the right direction at a time when he needed it most — something we should be offering more to kids in need. Read on for full story.