Highly recommended for all libraries, The Pushouts is an essential resource for courses in education, counseling, sociology, and criminal justice."
School Library Journal
"Motivating and inspiring, with a strong message of resilience and perseverance."
"As Flores puts it, 'education is a way up and a way out.' An inspiring film, this is recommended."
"I would highly recommend The Pushouts for educators at all levels, especially those that care about students from disenfranchised underserved communities. It also features the voice of Victor Rios, who has a remarkable story of coming from a gang neighborhood and gang life, to being inspired by a high school teacher to turn his life around. With that support, he pursued a PhD and is now a professor at UC Santa Barbara. This film is also incredibly inspiring for underrepresented youth who are marginalized and funneled into the prison pipeline."
"We are so pleased about this wonderful recognition of a very powerful story that explores the complex trajectory of Latino and African American youth who are struggling to prepare for life after high school. We recognize The Pushouts is the kind of film that public media stations can use to build partnerships at the local level and spark a national dialogue on the future of America’s youth."
National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME)
"This is a very compelling film not only because of Victor Rios’ story but also because of the stories of the young people he and Martin Flores work with in the present day. The film humanizes youth who are often only seen as part of a crime story on the news. They are the kids who end up falling victim to police harassment and brutality. They are not drop outs, they are pushouts."