Today’s guest post is from Kelli Joan Bennett, an amazing writer, actor, and producer of films who I met through Twitter. Her newest project is the documentary film High School 9-1-1. Both producer Kelli and the females in the movie are worthy of being called “inspiring,” in my opinion. Decide for yourself. Take it away, Kelli:
What do you think teenage girls are capable of? Spending exorbitant amounts of time on their hair? Living for social media? Texting nonstop? Being boy crazy? Do stereotypical teen descriptors such as immature, rebellious, shallow, or gossipy rush into your mind accompanied by images of spoiled brats from MTV’s My Super Sweet 16 or emotional basket cases from Glee? Thanks to the media’s portrayal of teens, words like responsible, dependable, professional, confident, skilled, and respectful do NOT immediately pop up. Neither does saving lives.
I am never more inspired by someone than when they are doing something completely unexpected. That was certainly the case when I began producing the documentary High School 9-1-1 about Darien EMS–Post 53 the only teen run ambulance service in the United States. Yes, you read that correctly. Teenagers run an ambulance service. Literally. They drive the ambulances. They are the EMTs. They run the government of the organization. And yes, it’s legal. What inspires me even more than teenagers running an emergency medical service is that Darien EMS–Post 53 is made up of 50% girls!