All posts tagged: E.S.T.E.A.M.

Dawn Schiller Continues to Spread the Word for Throwaway Teens

A recent trip to Bangor, Maine brought education and awareness to audiences from Dawn Schiller, Founder of E.S.T.E.A.M., an organization formed to assist teens on the streets to prepare themselves for a better adulthood. Schiller spoke at The Shaw House, a facility which is a shelter, education center and transitional housing for teens who have nowhere else to call home.  Expounding on her own story of a dysfunctional childhood which left her in an abusive relationship with a 32 year old man, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and trafficked on the streets of Las Angeles, Dawn continues to show that there is hope beyond what seems to be a bleak outcome. Dawn presented a 2 hour workshop at both The Shaw House and the Mountainview Correctional Facility, giving direction to teens and raising the awareness of the consequences of abuses and neglect in families across the country.  She gives an inside view of what it’s like to be a throwaway teen and how communities can unite to assist them through mentoring and programs. Schiller then …

Dawn Schiller Keynotes at Soroptimist Northwestern Region’s 93rd Conference

Dawn Schiller, author of “The Road Through Wonderland” will be a keynote speaker for the Soroptimist Northwestern Region’s 93rd Conference being held in Vancouver, WA, April 29-May 1.  Schiller will be speaking about her journey as a throwaway teen, her experiences with being connected to adult film star, John Holmes, and her recovery from addictions to becoming an activist for others through her non-profit organization. The theme of the conference is “All We Need is Love” and centering around the Beatles’ song, speakers and workshops with an international flavor will revolve around the inspirational and educational theme.  Another keynote speaker,  Bill Stainton teaches about “The 5 Best Decisions The Beatles Ever Made” — and how each of us can apply them as well to achieve “Top of the Charts” success. From a recent announcement: “Get a better understanding of the international scope of our organization and the goals of our Federation Board as we meet our Federation Visitor, Linabelle Villarica from the Philippines. And take part in workshops that will focus on providing you with both personal as well …

Dawn Schiller Hits The Roth Show

In a series of interviews by Guest Host, Susan Murphy Milano, Dawn Schiller talks of her experiences on The Roth Show, a nationally syndicated radio show on IRN Network.  Dr. Laurie Roth, known as the “Annie Oakley of the Airwaves,” hosts a show which brings out the details,  doesn’t shy away from controversy, and is always captivating in the issues she presents.  Along with Susan Murphy Milano as her co-host each Wednesday evening, they visit issues of violence prevention, unsolved cases, missing persons and crimes in which justice has been interrupted. Schiller recounts her relationship with adult film star, John Holmes, and how, at 15, she was seduced by the 32 year old Holmes into a lifestyle filled with drugs, sex and danger.  All the ingredients went into a film about Holmes and Schiller titled, “Wonderland” starring Val Kilmer and Kate Bosworth as the unlikely couple.  Although Dawn was never involved in the adult film industry, rather kept isolated from it by Holmes, she lived within the world of seedy characters and drug lords who …

Dawn Schiller: “Through and Beyond Wonderland,” E.S.T.E.A.M.

There is pleasure getting to know Dawn Schiller before and after her book, “The Road Through Wonderland: Surviving John Holmes” was written and released.  What many don’t know is that this book, with all the details of a horrifically violent relationship, was over 6 years in the making.  Why did it take so long, you may ask?  Think about writing details of your own worst nightmare, think about reliving them, one by one, baring all your secrets, and then you may have the answer. Dawn Schiller, for those who do not yet know her story, was living a not so typical teenage life, living in the violent neighborhoods of Miami, when she was reunited with her absent father, went along with him to California and, by coincidence, ended up in a relationship with well known adult film star, John Holmes.  There are several misconceptions about how this could happen,  why would a 15 year old be attracted to a 32 year old man from the adult film industry?  What you don’t know is the meat of …

“Beyond Wonderland:” Dawn Schiller and Susan Murphy Milano on Here Women Talk

In February, 2010 Susan Murphy Milano and Dawn Schiller had a frank discussion on the radio show, “Riding Away From Wonderland” talking about Dawn’s early childhood, her dysfunctional family and her teenage relationship with 32 year old, “King of Porn,” John Holmes.  It was one of the most popular shows of the year, and now Dawn and Susan will be back together to take the conversation to another level. Dawn Schiller’s life was wrought with dysfunction leading her into a relationship with porn star, John Holmes, at the age of 15.  It’s not what it sounds like.  John Holmes, 32, delicately groomed Dawn to be his partner, isolating her from the “industry,” he kept her for himself.  Author of her memoir, The Road Through Wonderland: Surviving John Holmes, Dawn recounts the horrific details of her life with John Holmes. Years later, with a lot of work, and the grace of God, Dawn has become a sane, sober woman reaching out to help other “throwaway teens.”  Her non-profit, E.S.T.E.A.M., offers programs of help to troubled teens in …