Rocco Soucie is a 15 year old sophomore at Boulder High School who will be working on blogging, website development, and revising the Owning Up curriculum.
Meet Cultures of Dignity’s newest intern!
Cultures of Dignity: Tell us a little about yourself!
Rocco: I am a 15 years old sophomore at Boulder High School and I work towards making change and putting the “unity” in our community. While I was born in Boulder, Colorado is not my only home, as I have lived in Tamarindo, Costa Rica from ages 5-8. Living in a different culture taught me the differences in struggles and lifestyles between communities. During my free time I enjoy playing video games with an intricate storyline that sparks a curiosity within tech. This has inspired me to learn how to code so I can widen my scope of possibility. But when I’m not working with technology, you’ll find me in the rugby field running and tackling with some of my best friends.
Cultures of Dignity: Why are you working with Cultures of Dignity this summer?
Rocco: I am a strong social activist for many issues in my community. My mission is to enact change to create a better world for all people where everyone deserves basic human rights. I want to spread awareness and create actions for people to start speaking up and use their personal power to create a difference
Cultures of Dignity: If you could have any superpower what would it be?
Rocco: Shapeshifting. All super powers come from the anatomy of the body, and shapeshifting would allow me to access any super power. I mean what makes the Leader, from the Incredible Hulk, so smart? Why a big brain! So I can change my body to allow a big brain to exist and function.
Cultures of Dignity: What projects will you be working on with CoD?
Rocco: I will be working on editing and revising the Owning Up curriculum. I will also be writing, editing, researching, and organizing the Cultures of Dignity blogs and newsletters. My main goal for this is to create a program that kids can turn to that comforts, gives insight, and motivates them to step forward and create change in their society.
Cultures of Dignity: What is an issue you see in schools you want to fix?
Rocco: The school system in the United States needs a lot of changes to stand the test of time, stay relevant, and useful for our youth. One of my biggest concerns is that school uses tests and statistics to measure a students success and intelligence. This approach has students looked at with a “right-wrong” point of view that ignores parts of the student’s personal success such as creativity, ingenuity, or ability to interpret evidence. Another problem is the lack of technological learning in the classroom. Schools need to update their courses and focus on teaching the next generation important skills that are required in the day and age that we live in, where technology is in operated into our everyday life.
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