Only boy on the color guard team from 'Outside The Box'

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PBS Newshour Student Reporting Labs launches series on teens challenging gender stereotypes: Outside The Box

From new military combat roles for women to Hollywood pay equity, gender politics played a big role in the news this past year. But how do preconceived notions about gender affect the lives of middle and high school students?

Watch: Despite Judgment 

A year ago, Elijah Durand never would have dreamed of joining his high school color guard. Now the only boy on the team, Elijah appreciates the creative expression, weaponry and competition involved in interpreting music and entertaining an audience.

Produced by Ashley Martinez, Erica Holm, Caroline Munoz, and Demetri Yanes, students at Communications Arts High School in San Antonio, Texas.

Instruction provided by SRL Connected Educator Heidi Whitus.

Mentor support provided by Matt Ehrichs, Thaisi Da Silva, and Jordan Vesey of the PBS NewsHour.

 

About Outside The Box

PBS Student Reporting Labs across the country were challenged to profile young people breaking down stereotypes. How does it feel to be the only girl in the room or only boy on the team?

These stories include young welders, pilots, hunters, dancers and game designers. Several explore LGBTQ identity.

Clearly, Generation Z is learning to think and live ‘Outside the Box’.outside the box series logo with square

The project represents the storytelling of more than 30 schools across the country who profiled young people challenging gender stereotypes in sports, industry and society at large. Twenty-one PBS stations are part of this truly unique content collaboration. Watch more stories here.
 

About Student Reporting Labs

Student Reporting Labs connect students with a network of public broadcasting mentors, an innovative journalism curriculum and an online collaborative space to develop digital media, critical thinking and communication skills while producing original news reports.

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