We Are One is program conceived by a group of teenagers who were aware that minority kids at their high school were being ignored. This project used 100 student portraits that were carefully selected and mounted on the side of the school to reflect the ethnic diversity, and the age and gender composition, of the school. At the unveiling, students gave short talks about what the project meant to them and what they hoped it would accomplish. Students and those passing by were also invited to share their reactions on the council website. Although the display itself was temporary, it spawned more long-lasting projects and activities, including a video created in partnership with the local youth media nonprofit, a series of oral histories with the students’ family members, and much public and media attention. This project became an example of the power of the humanities as a catalyst in the lives of young people and in the community discussion about immigration and diversity in this state.
This program won a Schwartz Prize in 2014!
Click here to view its submission.