The "I Matter" Project is an art-based character education and community engagement program. The project synthesizes the visual impact of a public multimedia installation with an intergenerational community forum focused on youth and their well-being. The forum offers a safe space for vital conversation regarding topics that include adolescent suicidality, substance abuse and mental illness.
The "I Matter" Project features publically displayed, large-scale photographic portraits of adolescents and young adults, along with printed declarations of their self-worth. The design is modular, portable and customizable, making it practical to install at an array of venues, including social service agencies, civic centers, airports, shopping malls, corporate lobbies, colleges and high schools.