Wednesday, June 25, 2008


Last week, I attended the launch event and documentary screening of at Esperanza Academy,a local charter high school. This youth-based website provides space for youth in our neighborhood to speak out against .

"With the creation of this website, we hope to change our community as well as our world from a birthplace of to a world of peace and harmony."

We sat before a panel of 7 high school students involved in the Student Council as they talked to the audience about why developing this website was important to them. One of the young men gave one reason that he wanted to be proactive against in N. Philly:

"Because when I am an old, old, old, old, old, old, man, I want my great-grandchildren to be able to go to the corner store and be safe."

I felt very fortunate to be there to hear these creative kids talking about their work. Very inspiring. Once you're on the website, click on Media and watch the documentary made by the students in the film classes at E. Academy. (It takes a while to load, but it is really worth it.)

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