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New youth-produced video series 'Outside The Box'

PBS Newshour Student Reporting Labs launches series on teens challenging gender stereotypes

From new military combat roles for women to Hollywood pay equity, gender politics played a big role in the news this past year. But how do preconceived notions about gender affect the lives of middle and high school students? PBS Student Reporting Labs across the country were challenged to profile young people breaking down stereotypes. How does it feel to be the only girl in the room or only boy on the team? These stories include young welders, pilots, hunters, dancers and game designers. Several explore LGBTQ identity.

Clearly, Generation Z is learning to think and live ‘Outside the Box’.

The project represents the storytelling of more than 30 schools across the country who profiled young people challenging gender stereotypes in sports, industry and society at large. Twenty-one PBS stations are part of this truly unique content collaboration.

Watch: Those Who Lead

Shantell Gonzalez is the commanding officer of Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program. The 16-year-old cadet knows the challenges of leading a company of males but trains as hard in the hopes of one day joining the military.Produced by Nicole Barradas and Chloe Golan, students at Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High School in Miami, Florida.

Instruction provided by SRL Connected Educator Victor Fernandez. Station support provided by WLRN.

See more from Outside The Box

Student Reporting Labs connect students with a network of public broadcasting mentors, an innovative journalism curriculum and an online collaborative space to develop digital media, critical thinking and communication skills while producing original news reports.