Please register for your complimentary entrance to the 2008 Sixth General Meeting of the California State PTA Convention to hear Erin Gruwell, " Educator and Catalyst for Social Change." Erin's story tracks an idealistic young woman who believed in her school English students, most of whom had been written off by the education system. Aside from Erin, nobody thought these "troubled" kids would even graduate high school. But Erin encouraged them to become much more. She forced them to question long-held racial stereotypes, address their deepest struggles, and ultimately re-chart their futures. With Erin's support, they chose to forego teenage pregnancy, drugs, alcohol, and violence to become friends, storytellers, published writers, college students, and hopeful young adults. Their story earned Erin and her students' dozens of awards, including the Spirit of Anne Frank Award. In January 2007, Paramount Pictures released the feature film Freedom Writers to national acclaim, starring two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank as Erin.