The “I matter” project is the first phase of the Just Like Me program. Town-wide Social Impact Art campaigns empower teens and young adults by offering them a variety of venues in their community to be seen and heard. Large-scale photographic portraits combine with personal “I matter” statements as a public declaration of self-worth and a compelling invitation to community support.
The “I matter” project offers adolescents the tools to be in touch with their feelings and courageously express themselves through intimate conversation and art. The process inspires self-awareness, empathy and pride. In workshops facilitated by renowned photographer and Just Like Me Program Director, Rob Goldman, students photograph one another and write why they feel they matter in the world. A community-wide exhibit of inspiring images and words offers a poignant reminder that we all matter.
“I matter” projects are subsidized through Kickstarter, an online tool that offers a fun way to fund creative projects through the support of friends, relatives and community members. Local organizations — businesses, schools, libraries, faith and civic association, etc. — are invited to partner in this communal effort to help saturate their town with a heartfelt wake-up call to support their kids.
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For more information visit http://imatterproject.org