RHS Game Changers Become First Student Group Honored by North County Inc.
The Game Changers social justice club at Ritenour High School made history on Sept. 17, 2021 when it became the first high school student organization ever honored by North County Inc. The Game Changers received the organization’s Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Award at NCI’s annual leadership awards breakfast.
The Game Changers is a social justice organization led by RHS students with the guidance of their sponsor, Tavonda Palmer Harvey. Students work tirelessly to create an inclusive atmosphere for all students in the Ritenour community and beyond by promoting and highlighting diversity of cultures through their social media platform (gamechangersofrhs on Instagram) and with in-person events on campus.
“What an honor to be the first student group to receive it,” said Harvey. “We love the work we do. It's definitely not easy work but necessary.”
RHS sophomore Braden Alanis said the award brings recognition to a club that is important to him.
"I'm proud to be part of Game Changers because I get the chance to help others understand serious topics,” said Alanis. “Not only do I get to help others, but I also get to learn new things. This award means so much because it shows us that our work is spreading outside of our school and into the community."
Over the last several years, the Game Changers have led book studies, walk-outs, town halls, and protests to inform, educate and raise awareness for social justice issues. They encourage any and all students who are passionate about social justice issues, advocacy, and leadership to join them during their meetings.
During the 2020-2021 school year, the group met virtually due to the pandemic and focused on anti-bias, anti-racist learning through a virtual book study, discussed current events and maintained healthy mental health while working as activists for social justice. In addition, they organized a virtual Black History celebration that highlighted black excellence, and held two virtual “Conversations About Race in a Brave Space” sessions for RHS students.