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UN Day of the Girl

This week, the United Nations celebrated the International Day of the Girl. This special day was created to celebrate young women and their need for education, leadership and empowerment.

We are joining with this effort and sharing stories that highlight “inspiring adolescent girls or girl-led organizations who are developing innovative solutions or leading efforts towards positive social change, including gender equality, in their communities and nations.” We are so proud of all of our students and our girls who are leading the way in making our world a better place. Here are a few of their stories:

Jayssie, Class of 2022:

What I’m Learning-

As a leader at Rio I try my best to influence my peers through spirituality!! Whether it’s through, singing or giving a short worship talk. As a leader over the years I’ve learned that there is no shame in learning as I go!! I’ve learned to be open to different ideas and to understanding various perspectives.

My Future-

My hope for the future is to be able to be myself everywhere freely and comfortably through Christ.

Gabbi, Class of 2021:

What I’m learning-

Girl runs down the field with football

Over the past couple of years, I have become more outgoing and I have more self confidence. As a leader, I just try to be a friend and encourage my friends and teammates to do their best. I always try to participate in school and dorm activities and get my friends involved which helps to build bonds with them as well as helping to balance out stress with doing something that is fun. I want to try to get everyone involved, especially people who are shy by just being their friend……I always try to work hard in everything I do and to rely on God to help me.

My Future-

I want to pursue a medical career, because I want to help people who are sick. I also want to be able to help people to start living healthier lifestyles.

Jess, Class of 2022

What I’m learning-

I don’t really have a strategy, but something I try to do is some research and just gaining knowledge, like I’ll either ask myself questions or just go to other people and ask for their opinions. Another thing would be believing in myself and having confidence. I think it’s important to be confident because it helps bring out more positive vibes, gain people’s trust in you, and also helps push others to bring out the best in them. 2.  I’d say that I’ve learned to be more confident. I remember not wanting to be involved in events, games, and sports because I was too scared of failing, and I just didn’t want the attention. All I wanted to do was be in my dorm room, on my bed, watching youtube. Last year was the year I started to be more involved, taking part in school events, performing music, and playing sports. I felt relieved and free, from hiding in my room to stepping out of my comfort zone, and now I’m a part of Student Association. Now, looking back, I’m shocked and proud of how much I’ve grown so far.

My Future-

I really want people to understand how much our mental health really matters, and that mental illnesses are no joke. It’s very important to take care of our own mental health, and other people’s too!

Ari, Class of 2022

What I’m Learning-

At Rio the best influence I can say I have is being someone who makes others feel comfortable in their own skin and more willing to be themselves. Allowing who I am to come through gives others liberty and more comfort to do the same. Within the past few years I feel I’ve grown a lot in my patience and sense of discretion, as well as being more willing to acutely self analyze and admit when I’m wrong.

My Future-

My career path is my greatest vehicle to how I want to make the world a better place, I am planning on becoming a child psychiatrist and I know that assisting with the mental health of the next generation is extremely important.

Linda, Class of 2021

What I’m Learning-

I’d say I’ve grown a lot in the past two years … In the past I would try to juggle everything and end up getting spread too thin, but now I only accept a load I know I can carry. That way I’m able to bring my best every time!

My Future-

My dream is to pursue a career in humanitarian aid.

 

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