I thought I would spend a year or two making a film
What I ended up with was a life's passion.
- Rotimi Rainwater
WHO WE ARE
We are the media arm of the issue of youth homelessness. We are here to give a voice to the voiceless. We are here to make enough noise that people can no longer ignore that child on the corner.
We are here to save lives.
The inspiration for the foundation came from what director Rotimi Rainwater learned on his journey making the documentary, Lost in America. After spending 5 years making his film, Rotimi, a former homeless youth, realized that this issue of youth homelessness was not only one that little was known about; it was one that little was being done about.
After screening the film to homeless youth across the country, Rotimi and the team realized that this was one of the biggest social issues that wasn't being addressed. And they realized the reason it wasn't being addressed is that no one is talking about it.
We plan on bridging that gap. We plan on giving a voice to those voiceless youth.
We are the Lost in America Foundation.
The mission of the Lost in America Foundation is to eliminate youth homelessness in America by bringing to light the issue on a national level.
Through the use of media, publicity, and awareness campaigns, we aim to fight the ignorance that surrounds the issue of youth homelessness so that a national conversation can be created on how to end youth homelessness.
The foundation will also make grants to other 501(c)(3) organizations to create local awareness campaigns, media and social media campaigns, and other resources to raise awareness about youth homelessness.
The end mission for the Lost in America foundation is to educate people on the issue of youth homelessness so that no other children ever have to be, Lost in America.
One can not solve an issue with out studying it. And the issue of youth homelessness will not be truly be solved without bringing attention to the issue by raising awareness of youth homelessness to the country.
The foundation intends to increase awareness by producing, making, and circulating film, both documentary and scripted, on the issue of youth homelessness for wide distribution including, theatrical, broadcast, and for social media outlets.
Lost in America is a feature documentary that aims to shine a light on the issue of youth homelessness in America. The film follows director Rotimi Rainwater, a former homeless youth, and his team as they travel the country to shine a light on the epidemic of youth homelessness, highlighting the issues of sex trafficking, the failure of the foster care system, the rejection of LGBTQ youth, domestic violence and abuse.
Featuring interviews with Tiffany Haddish, Rosario Dawson, Jewel, Miley Cyrus, Halle Berry, Jon Bon Jovi, Sanaa Lathan and others, the film has captured the attention of dozens of organizations and members of Congress that have since become involved. In addition, Sands Cares and Las Vegas Sands have partnered with Lost in America to sponsor the upcoming campaign for the film.
More than a film, Lost in America is a movement. It started with one man’s journey to shine a light on the realities of youth living on the streets. Then, a group of filmmakers formed a team dedicated to telling the story of this important journey. Now this movement is spreading across the country to thousands who are standing with the film to make sure that homeless youth are no longer… Lost in America.