In Spanish, it is esperanza, a word you might hear at Animo Pat Brown High School in Los Angeles, California. In Italian, the word is speranza, something that might echo through the halls of Don Milani Middle School in Northern Italy.
Starting in October 2012, fifty students at these two schools will become Community Listeners as they ask their neighbors “What do you hope for?” and then work together to create a cross-cultural Hope Gallery to share those hopes with their communities.
The goals of this project are to cultivate compassion in these students through our Community Listening process and give them the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to discover how hopes can be so similar, yet so different on the other side of the world.
For details about [e]speranza including profiles of our schools and our scheduled curriculum, take a look at the information below. For the latest [e]speranza news, check out our blog.
Meet Our Schools
We’re working with a middle school and a high school more than six thousand miles apart.
- Village Population: 1500
- Primary Languages: Italian/English
- Find out more about Occimiano here.
Los Angeles, USA
- Neighborhood Population: 60,000
- Primary Languages: Spanish/English
- Find out more about Florence-Firestone here.
Here’s What We’re Doing
The [e]speranza project will span three months, gradually giving our student Community Listeners a closer and closer look at their own hopes, their neighbors’, and hopes from halfway across the world. Take a look what we’ll be doing during the project.
How You Can Help
It’s going to take a lot of work to make [e]speranza happen. And that’s why we need your help. Make a contribution and your donation will go directly to the project. All donations are tax deductible. Also, if you’re in the LA area, you can volunteer for the project by emailing us at email@example.com