Student video created to inspire compassion, unity
Within our district and within the country, there has been a heightened focus on school safety. School safety includes the physical aspects - secure buildings, regular drills, updated policies - but it also includes unseen aspects, such as emotional and mental health. Teenagers have been shown to typically experience loneliness more than other age groups. In fact, according to a recent Cigna mental health survey, loneliness in teenagers and young adults is more prevalent than in senior citizens. Sarah Chipman, a student at Sky View High School, explained, “In high school, people are trying to find themselves and it can be really hard.”
The emotional pain associated with feeling lonely can have serious consequences for mental and physical health. Despite being the most connected generation when it comes to technology, young people are at the highest risk of feeling lonely and feeling isolated. Beginning last year, student representatives from CCSD high schools put their brains together to create a video to promote unity and togetherness in an effort to reach out to those who may be feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, or lonely. This video was designed by students, produced by students, and intended to inspire students with a message of hope and togetherness.
“It is cool thinking back to when we started this video,” said Spencer Haslam, a student at Mountain Crest High School. “When all is said and done, it has been a year-long project. I think it is important that we put the effort in because students deserve that effort.”
In the beginning stages of creating the video, student representatives and district staff members discussed the common concerns, trials, and struggles that students are facing on a daily basis. "We brainstormed some of the words that high school students might use to describe difficult feelings in their lives. These words, such as 'overwhelmed,' 'alone,' and 'anxious,' became part of the video as we tried to construct the message we hoped to share," said district public information specialist, Jenda Nye.
The idea of being “Stronger Together” emerged during the planning and filming process. It became the theme of the video. While we may wear different school colors, cheer for different teams, and take pride in the schools we attend, we, as a district, are all on the same team. Each student at our schools brings individual talents, experiences, memories, and insights to the ever-growing and ever-changing table of education. When we reach out to someone in need, learn of the resources that are available, and have a team mindset, we are making a difference in someone’s life.
Mountain Crest student Rebecca Staffanson, explained, “It’s good to know that you don’t have to go through life alone. I want everyone who sees this video to know that they are not alone and they are worth it because that’s all that really matters.”
The video showcases the many resources that are available to students. Resources include principals, coaches, teammates, siblings, parents, and friends. Another resource that is available to any student within the district is the SafeUT app. This app was designed to be an anonymous way for students to report safety concerns. Londan Duffin, a Sky View student, defined the SafeUT App as a “simple way of doing your part and taking care of each other.”
Duffin continued, “I loved being involved in this video, not only because of the friends I have made but because of the importance of the message behind the video. We want to help every student feel welcome at school because every student deserves that.”
We’d like to extend our thanks to the following students and individuals for their help with the video:
Rebecca Staffanson, Spencer Haslam, Londan Duffin, Sarah Chipman, Kaleb Buchmiller, Sadie Anderson, Kristen Johnson, Max Lyons, Abby Taylor, Hallie Harper, Chandler Schramm, Sidnee Hoopes, Conrad Anhder, Brooklyn Fowers, Danielle Anderson, Makaylee Tenhoeve, Rachel Rodgers, Seth Duffin, Tiffany Torrey, Jenda Nye, Micajah Milne, Kimber Young, Curt Jenkins.