A RARE LOOK INSIDE THE WORLD OF AMISH TEENAGERS
EMBARKING ON A PIVOTAL LIFE-ALTERING JOURNEY,
ON ABC NEWS' "20/20," FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
"20/20" takes an unprecedented look at Amish teenagers at a crossroads, as they come of age and decide their future. For the past two years, ABC News has followed a group of Amish teens in central Ohio as they experience an Amish tradition called "Rumspringa" � where the young have a chance to explore the usually forbidden modern world before forever committing themselves to the Amish way of life. That way of life includes having no electricity, no cars, no music and no education beyond the eighth grade. The challenge is that if the temptations of the outside world prove more powerful than the world they have always known, the teens will spend the rest of their lives severed from their families and their communities. It is a high stakes choice between the enticement of freedom or returning to the faith and comfort of family life. ABC News' Jay Schadler first introduced viewers to the teens in a report that aired last year. What life decisions have they made in the time since? Schadler's update airs on "20/20" on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
"20/20" is anchored by Elizabeth Vargas and John Stossel. David Sloan is executive producer.