Each year, Rangeview High School staff organize a viewing of the film “Girl Rising” for their female freshmen students. And each year, the girls leave feeling empowered to take control of their education.
“Girl Rising” follows nine young females from Haiti, Nepal, Ethiopia, India, Egypt, Peru, Cambodia, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan on their journey to education. Despite facing arranged marriages, rape, child slavery and other heartbreaking injustices, these brave girls fight to get an education so they can break barriers and create change.
After screening the film, Rangeview students discuss the power of education and examine how societies across the globe benefit from educating their female citizens. As a result, the girls gain a deeper sense of a global community and how to create change in their own.
The following day, Rangview High School’s male freshmen gathered for the school’s annual “Man Up” conference to learn the true meaning of masculinity.
The group watched "The Mask You Live In," a documentary that follows male youth as they struggle to stay true to themselves while navigating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.
“Masculinity is nothing but a social construct and should be about helping people and showing love to one another,” said 2017 Rangeview Graduate Adyn Lord. “It’s okay to tell each other ‘I love you’ and to be open about your feelings.”
Students discussed their beliefs, attitudes and perceptions regarding the content of the film and their own experiences with defining their masculinity. They worked in small groups, completed handouts and participated in activities that helped them identify important traits associated with manhood.
We commend Rangeview staff for providing their freshman class with such enriching opportunities!