2016 'Paper Tigers' Screenings 

We were honored to host special screenings of  Paper Tigers, the award winning documentary that explores the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and toxic stress on struggling teens, across the state of Idaho. 


  • Boise, ID: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. MDT
    • The Boise attendance was outstanding. The documentary was seen by more than 500 people, including State Senator Chuck Winder of Boise. Attendees were very engaged in the Q & A session. Attendees are very interested in watching Resilience in the Spring, 2017 and learning more about how to prevent childhood trauma, treat toxic stress and improve the health of future generations.
    • 10/19/2016- Award Winning Documentary Comes to Boise: The Story of Six High School Students with Behavioral Issues Make A Dramatic Change 
    • Thank you to our moderator Marsha and all of our panelists for sharing their experiance with trauma informed work in our community:
      • Dennis Woody, PH. D, Optum Idaho Clinical Director
      • Detective Joe Kane, Boise PD and Frank Church Alternative School Officer
      • Angela Lindig, Parent with lived experience and Executive Director of Idaho Parents Unlimited (IPUL)
      • Taryn Yates, Grant Manager at Idaho Children's Trust Fund
      • Linda Rodenbech, District Coordinator for the Boise Schools Community Schools Program
  • Idaho Falls, ID: Thursday, Oct. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. MDT
    • In eastern Idaho there were 90 people in attendance, a majority of those included agencies, counselors, parents and providers. This particular area of the state has seen an increase in teen related suicides and because of that we had a handful of providers from Malad were in attendance, seeking information to take back to their community to help teens who are in crisis. The film screening happened that on the same evening there was a funeral for a teenager who had died by suicide over the weekend. 
    • 10/13/2016- Award Winning Documentary Comes to Idaho Falls: The Story of Six High School Students with Behavioral Issues Make A Dramatic Change
    • Thank you to our moderator Jann Marie Stockwell from Optum Idaho and all of our panelists for sharing their experiance with trauma informed work in our community:
      • Dr Matthew Larsen, DO - EIRMC Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
      • Logan Zuck, Advocate - Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness   
      • Eric Olsen, District Manager - Adult and Juvenile Mental Health Courts Idaho’s 7th Judicial District
      • Holly Whitworth, PAT Program Manager Eastern Idaho Public Health
      • Spencer Webb, Optum Idaho Field Care Coordinator
  • Moscow, ID: Thursday, Sept. 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m. PDT
    • At this northern Idaho location there were 120 people in attenance with a large number of alternative high school students in the audience, as well as parents who have been in and out of the jail system. One parent made the comment that they were there because they wanted to learn how to break the cycle so that their children did not follow in their footsteps.
    • Thank you to our moderator Carrie Colby from Optum Idaho and all of our panelists for sharing their experiance with trauma informed work in our community:
      • Dr. Ronald Larsen, Optum Idaho Chief Medical Officer
      • Skye Taylor, Director of Latah County Youth Services
      • Karen Nelson, Parent, and Support Provider/Educator for Families Together
  • Nampa, ID: Wednesday, Sept. 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m. MDT
    • Despite a rainy evening 152 people attended the event. The audience was different than expected, as many were students from a local alternative high school. The panel discussion allowed for public question and answer.
    • Award-Winning Documentary Starts Conversation About Behavioral Health
    • Thank you to our moderator Taryn Yates from Idaho Children's Trust Fund and all of our panelists for sharing their experience with trauma informed work in our community:
      • Jake Tucker, Social Worker at Cherry Gulch Therapeutic Boarding School
      • Darren Bushee, Field Care Coordinator at Optum
      • Jennifer Zielinski, Program Coordinator and Parent Education Coordinator at Idaho Parent’s Unlimited (IPUL)
      • Detective Joe Kane, School Resource Officer assigned to Frank Church Alternative High School & Crisis Negotiator with the Boise Police Department 

What is the Paper Tigers Documentary?

Paper Tigers follows a year in the life of an alternative high school that has radically changed its approach to disciplining its students and in the process has become a promising model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that affect families. 

Jim Sporleder, principal at Lincoln Alternative High School in Walla Walla, Washington, a school riddled with violence, drugs and truancy, discovered that stressed brains can’t learn. 

Following six students over the course of a school year, Principal Sporleder and his staff tried a new approach to discipline. It was based on understanding and treatment rather than judgement and suspension. 

Three years later, the number of fights at Lincoln Alternative High School were reduced by 75% and the graduation rate was dramatically increased. Paper Tigers is the story of how one school was able to make a dramatic change and how just one caring adult can help break the cycle of adversity in a young person’s life.