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 became Community Listeners as they asked their neighbors “What do you hope for?” and then worked together to create a cross-cultural Hope Gallery to share those hopes with their communities.
The goals of this project were to cultivate compassion in these students through our Community Listening process and give students 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 photo galleries, profiles of our schools, and our scheduled curriculum, take a look at the information below.
Meet Our Schools
We worked 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.
The Project Curriculum
The [e]speranza project spanned six 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. Here’s a look how the project was structured.
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