GUEST SPEAKERS SAY...."By using the film series and discussion groups as a vehicle for self-exploration and communal sharing, these young women are being given a safe space within which they can evolve and become intelligent, courageous, thoughtful members of society that they are meant to be. It is a privilege to be a part of a program that uses the power of art and of media in such an empowering way."
-Kerry Washington ("Save The Last Dance")
RISK TAKERS SAY..."A Risk Taker is someone who has made a change in their life that can better them. I take away a sense of confidence / knowledge of awareness of people around me. I have met wonderful women here and I feel like I have the ability to take risks and be okay with whatever happens."
- 10th grader, The Beacon School
"My mentors were great. Not one topic or issue was left unnoticed. I felt fulfilled just being there and speaking my mind. They allowed me to do that, which was wonderful and refreshing."
"I am taking away from the program the knowledge that it is important for my voice to be heard."
"It was simply amazing, I felt so confident in voicing my opinion...I'm more confident in what I say and how I act."
"I speak up more not just here but at school and at home...I can't wait for next year."
"I was never interested in directing, producing, or writing scripts. The program has introduced me to successful women in those fields and broadened my horizons." -10th grader, Elisabeth Irwin High School
"...I voice my opinion way more than I ever did before...I have more insight."
"I've learned to look beyond the surface of a film and look for it's message. I've also realized how many negative stereotypes there can be in the media that we don't really notice, but do affect us."
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"The best part of this program is how awesome it is to get to watch a movie and then discuss it with all these different people. It brings so much to the whole experience of watching a movie and it really makes you think".
"I loved the experience. I love expressing myself and hearing about other people's opinions and getting to know people."
"I've truly gained a perspective that allows me separate cockiness and ego from confidence and sense of self."
"I believe the RISK TAKERS series shows how we are all the same person. Regardless of our backgrounds, we have the same fears. Risk Takers is encouraging young girls to take responsibility for their futures using positive risk-taking and leading by example."
-Michelle Monaghan ("North Country")
-Judy Marte ("Raising Victor Vargas")
"I learned to never be ashamed of being me."
"I realized what an impact (media) can have...It's good to have frequent discussions with women. It's empowering."
"I loved the talk backs! So much insight, wonderful discussion, and learning opportunities."
"I would love to produce a film on women because I never thought media had such a great influence."
"I learned girls and women can be just as empowered as men and that we can make a difference in the community".
"I learned I have to stay true to myself and if I have a dream, go for it!"
"I loved my small group meetings because I got to express myself in a very safe environment and hear what other girls my age had to say."
"This program teaches you not to be afraid of new things. It's okay to learn new things and form your own opinions on them."
"A Risk Taker means not only making goals, you have to take risks an go after them."
"I've seen other viewpoints and learned. I've taken things in from the girls that I can grow with."
"I've become more open and able to say things that I would not have been able to say before. I learned confidence."
"Being a Risk Taker is about being courageous, independent, and intelligent.