As teens, what if we could get over the pressure of being cool and get on with the fun of being ourselves? What if our culture’s story of peer bullying, the plugged in/zoned-out teen, and the pressure to conform to narrow stereotypes could be replaced with the alternatives of community, being REAL, and giving voice to our passion?
Teen Rising is a weekend workshop for teenagers who want to be part of a new narrative for teens—one where community, authenticity, leadership, and creative self-expression are the topics up for discussion. Teen Rising is about defining what it means to rise—not against, as the cultural assumption would have it, but for—for our own growth, people we love, and issues we care about.
Join Teen Rising cofounders and codirectors Eliza Reynolds and Josh Smith to subvert the “norm” using spoken word poetry discussions of gender, friendship, body image, and much more—along with spontaneous dance parties and the Hero/Heroine’s Journey—as we weave a teen circle where love, trust, authenticity, and passion are the new cool.