The International Day of the Girl is Oct. 10, and as part of the festivities surrounding this celebration of the power of young women, the Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreation Center is holding a screening Oct. 4 of the 2013 film “Girl Rising,” which helped spark an international movement to empower education of girls.

The Oct. 4 screening at 6:30 p.m. is part of the Center’s Thinking Forward Lecture Series, and includes a Q&A with producer Kayce Freed Jennings, who, with her late husband the ABC news anchor Peter Jennings, was a major support of the Center, which provides education and child care for underserved kids. The Q & A will be moderated by 20/20 journalist Lynn Sherr.

Girl Rising is a feature film at the heart of a global campaign for girls’ education in which viewers meet nine unforgettable girls from around the world who boldly confront the obstacles to opportunity and their dreams.

 Award-winning authors from the girls’ home countries put their compelling stories into words, acclaimed actors give them voice, and an Oscar-nominated director gives them shape.

There are millions of girls around the world who are kept out of school, married as children, abused, trafficked and discriminated against. Simply because they are girls.

Yet when girls are valued and educated they become women who are healthier, have fewer children, earn more, stand up for their rights and educate their sons and daughters equally. Families thrive. Communities, nations and the world are healthier, safer, and more prosperous. It’s the best investment we can make.

Kayce Freed Jennings has been with Girl Rising since its inception as part of The Documentary Group, which she co-founded. Before that she was a producer for ABC News, covering international and national news while based in London, Atlanta and New York.  She produced for virtually every ABC News broadcast and was on the staffs of Nightline, World News Tonight and 20/20.  Kayce currently serves on the board of Win, NYC’s largest provider of shelter to homeless families, and the advisory boards of SOLA – School of Leadership, Afghanistan, the Jimbere Fund, and the Bridgehampton Child Care Center.

All Thinking Forward lectures are free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

RSVP to Deb McEneaney or at 917.741.6257

The Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center is located at 551 Sag Harbor Turnpike in Bridgehampton.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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