The "I Matter" Project is an art-based character education and youth leadership program that enriches student learning while developing their ability to express themselves through art and language. Exhibits feature striking, large-scale photographic portraits of students along with their written and recorded audio statements declaring why they each matter. The hands-on program engages students in an experience that fosters selfworth,
empathy and community.
In a workshop environment, students interact face-to-face, sharing thoughts and feelings, then engaging in a creative group project where they quickly see results larger than themselves. This Social Impact Art project prompts vital public discourse and community involvement, two valuable tools when addressing sensitive issues such as depression, anxiety, suicide, sexual violence and substance abuse.