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Challenge | 30-60 minutes

Being A Teen in 2023 #SRLShorts



What is life like for you as a teen? SRL wants to hear about what you're experiencing.

Here are some examples of things to think about:

  • preparing for jobs and/or college,
  • physical health,
  • mental health,
  • SATS and ACTs,
  • relationships, friendships, family, and more.

We are looking for responses about these issues, as well as reflections and personal goals for the year.

ASSIGNMENT: Students will create short, vertical videos (10-30 seconds) to ring in the new year! They can either interview a peer, or share their own perspective on what it’s like being a teen in 2023.

We aim to publish the responses on our TikTok and Instagram! DEADLINE: January 23

(This will be a recurring monthly challenge in which students will submit rapid response type answers to questions. The theme changes monthly for #SRLShorts.)

OPTION 1: Interview Another Student

Talk to a peer and get their opinions on issues that affect them.

OPTION 2: Share your own experience!

Who knows what it's like to be a teen right now better than you do?! What’s currently happening to teens in 2023 that affects your daily life?

Central inquiry questions: choose one question to answer per student.

  • Who do you want to become in 2023?
  • What are some unique experiences that you expect to face as a teen this year?
  • What don’t adults understand about the lives of teens?
  • What do you want to spend more time doing?
  • What are your goals for 2023?


We PRIMARILY are accepting videos in a VERTICAL format for social media. You can include horizontal but please film with enough space around your subject to allow for vertical cropping.

Please do not add text to your videos! :)



Journalism is the activity of gathering, assessing, creating, and presenting news and information.

Source: American Press institute


A group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood). It can also be a group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, etc.

Source: Merriam Webster


A person or other physical being in a narrative. Stories are made up of different characters who provide information and help shape the narrative with their knowledge, experience and perspective.

Earth and Human Activity

Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity. (NGSS HS-ESS3-1)


Historical understanding requires recognizing this multiplicity of points of view in the past, which makes it important to seek out a range of sources on any historical question rather than simply use those that are easiest to find. It also requires recognizing that perspectives change over time, so that historical understanding requires developing a sense of empathy with people in the past whose perspectives might be very different from those of today. (NCSS D2.His.4.9-12 - D2.His.8.9-12)

Speaking and Listening - Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas


Social Media





Camera or Mobile Phone

Mobile Phone

Estimated Time

30-60 minutes