Often times when we produce a film we’re thinking of the impact it will have on the viewer. But what about the impact it has on the film participants? The engaging kids who share their stories with honesty and bravery. How does the process of sharing their stories impact their lives?
Kenzie, a film participant in the “Moving Up To Middle School” film series, recently shared with the Professor Child team how participating in the film helped her face her own challenges with middle school. “Sharing my experiences and challenges, sort of helped or strengthened (empowered) me to face them. I realized that lots of other kids were facing the same issues and having the same feelings.”
When we originally approached Kenzie to be in our film, we weren’t aware of the challenges she was experiencing in middle school. We only knew she had a unique story to tell (transitioning from a large, public elementary school to a small, private middle school) and a vibrant personality. But her honesty in sharing her challenges and giving advice to others, is what makes the “Moving Up To Middle School” film series so wonderful and relatable.
I recently ran into Kenzie’s dad who shared that Kenzie is having a totally different middle school experience this year. “Something very positive ‘clicked’ for her after taking part in the video, and she has turned her middle school experience from a so-so experience into a very positive and great experience all by herself.” We love to hear this!
In fact, we’re often asked if kids want to share their stories. And our answer is always, “Yes!” Children want to be heard. They want to be asked how they are doing. They want to tell their story. It matters! There is something very cathartic and empowering that happens when you share your story and know that you have been heard.
“When you stand and share your story in an empowering way, your story will heal you and your story will heal somebody else.” – Iyanla Vanzant
We are so grateful to Kenzie and her dad for sharing her experience with us, and we’d love to hear from you, too. If you know someone whose life has been impacted by watching and/or participating in a Professor Child film, we want to hear from you! Please share your stories with firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.