Part 3. In Chicago, the filmmakers profile a 14-year-old girl who's struggling to stay out of a gang. And in suburban Illinois, they meet a city kid who is living with a friend's family so he can play football and, perhaps, win a college scholarship: he's the star on a powerhouse team.
Part 2 of this series stops at a reservation in South Dakota, where two Lakota teens are "living like they're in a third-world country"; and in the nearby town of Rushville, where many whites look down on Native Americans.
Part 1 of this series stops in Denver to meet two 17-year-olds who have little in common: one's a middle-class kid; the other's an ex-gang member who's getting into his Lakota roots. "Before you can ever understand who you are," he says, "you better find out where you came from."
Part 5 stops in Philadelphia. Profiled: two inner-city friends, one of whom is focused (he wants to be a filmmaker); and a middle-class 15-year-old who doesn't like her school. She's also struggling to admit to herself that she has an eating disorder.
In the conclusion of this eight-part series, the filmmakers visit Albuquerque to profile a Native American girl who has had brushes with the law, and two gay teens who are "out"---and often out of school, claiming that they are harassed because of their sexual orientation.
Profiled in Part 4: A Dayton, Ohio, 19-year-old who is "confused about his sexual orientation"; and a 17-year-old dropout in blue-collar East Dayton, who's asked: "How do you feel now?" His reply: "Stupid."