Good Shepherd Mentoring Program Hosts Black Panther Director, Marvel Comics

On October 30, Good Shepherd Services (GSS) hosted its final October movie night for participants in Good Shepherd foster programs and their mentors, screening Black Panther with filmmaker Ryan Coogler, who directed the film, and Marvel Comics illustrator Sanford Greene in attendance as special guests.

The special showing came as part of Good Shepherd’s “Movies with Mentors” series, which celebrated the work of the late Chadwick Boseman throughout the month of October.

During the Black Panther screening, filmmaker Ryan Coogler joined attendees for a 20-minute Zoom Q&A. The Black Panther screening – as well as the whole “Movies with Mentors” series – gave foster youth an opportunity to bond with each other and program mentors during this difficult time of social isolation. Good Shepherd’s Mentoring Program is dedicated to helping young people in GSS foster care programs build relationships and develop skills through community-based events.

“We believe that young people in foster care deserve positive role models that help them to see what they can be – and our mentors do just that. It’s also important for young people to see themselves represented in the media, and throughout the month, these groundbreaking films have shown our foster youth that they are valued, capable, and resilient,” said Michelle Yanche, Executive Director of Good Shepherd Services. “We cannot thank Ryan Coogler and Sanford Greene enough for dedicating time to lift the spirits and confidence of our youth. And, as always, we thank our mentors for their constant support in the lives of our young people.”

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