Lazarus Rises

Written and directed by Lazarus

This is helping me tell better stories and I’m hoping that through my stories other foster youth are able to do the same thing.

Lazarus—a former foster youth and current USC graduate student—wrote, directed, and performed in this powerful music video which chronicles his journey from abuse and neglect, to joy and advocacy. He teamed up with music producer Blackcloud to create a compelling score against which he set his personal rap. His powerful message will have a lasting emotional resonance. “Lazarus Rises” is one of the films in the Youth Voices Video Project, a collection of foster youth-produced films from PBS SoCal’s To Foster Change.

Lazarus grew up in the foster care system. When he was ten, a large family with few resources adopted him. Despite many difficulties in his home life, Lazarus continued to believe in himself, and that his situation would improve. It did. Lazarus graduated high school, earned a B.S. in public relations from Baldwin-Wallace College, and is now pursuing a Master’s degree in social work at the University of Southern California. He works full time in property management as a licensed service technician. He also volunteers as a youth advocate with the National Foster Youth Institute in Los Angeles.

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