As part of building on the work of The World As It Could Be Program taking place over the last few years in Bay Area and other high schools, we invite you to a special event on Monday, March 4, from 6-8 p.m. at Balboa High School in San Francisco. With our guest speaker, Hoop Dreams producer/director Frederick Marx, and follow-up interactive conversation, we seek to offer exciting insights about the importance of rites of passage for youth, along with strategies on how to use this information in our work, especially during this critical time of national focus on violence and gun use.
Rex Foundation Executive Director Sandy Sohcot tells how this event came to be: “I had the pleasure of meeting Frederick Marx several months ago. When I described the work of The World As It Could Be Program, including a culminating presentation as a rite-of-passage type of experience, Frederick told me about the extensive work he has been doing on the importance of rites of passage for the health of our youth and communities. He is now bringing to light this work in his documentary film Rites of Passage—The Right of Every Child Born, of which a preliminary trailer is available for viewing.
“I thought it would be important for the people we connect with via The World As It Could Be Program to have access to his information, including seeing the filmwork he has developed. I also want to use the second part of the evening to begin what I hope will be a continuing action-oriented discussion on how to use Frederick’s information, along with The World As It Could Be curriculum and related educational tools, to engage students to fully participate in the type of analysis and critical thinking, as well as personal and civic action, so as to be a helpful part of the national conversation now taking place about violence and guns, which seems to me to be a ‘moment-in-time-opportunity’ for positive social change.”
Click here for the Event Invitation, with the registration on the second page. Here is a brief synopsis:
Part 1: Presentation by Frederick Marx, internationally acclaimed, Oscar and Emmy nominated producer/director popularly known for his film Hoop Dreams, on his current documentary film Rites of Passage–The Right of Every Child Born (working title), on the importance of rites of passage for youth, including the elements that constitute positive, life-transforming rites of passage.
Part 2: Interactive discussion on using the framework of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, along with rigorous academic classroom work in conjunction with creative arts disciplines and the culminating presentation/rite of passage concepts, to engage youth in helping create the change necessary to stem violence and move toward a culture of human rights thinking and acting.
Please RSVP right away as space is limited. Let us know if you need any additional information. Call the Rex Foundation office at 415-561-3134 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you on March 4.