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How it Works:

The "I Matter" project utilizes an integrated multilayered process to encourage and empower youth and community members to make a lasting difference.


Publically displayed photos of students

promote individual and collective pride while fostering a sense of belonging. Collections of larger-than-life images serve as a gateway to meaningful dialogue


Public art installations

offer sustained messaging that evokes awareness, inspiration and pride in individuals, families and the public


Community-wide fundraising campaign

enrolls communities' business, civic, art, faith and social services organizations to support the health and wellbeing of its youth


Project launch receptions

unite communities in celebration of their kids' success with local media coverage, offering youth a powerful platform to be seen and heard


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Rob Goldman is an interdisciplinary artist, photographer, educator, author and speaker whose work blends aspects of art, education and social action. His photographs have been celebrated in gallery exhibitions and national magazines including Cosmopolitan, Time, Brides and Mademoiselle, and have been used by major corporations including Google, Club Med, Microsoft, AT&T, Marriott, Braun and Seagrams, to name a few.

Mr. Goldman is the author of Shooting From The Heart: Creating Passion and Purpose in Your Life and Work. His talks and programs are offered at universities, museums, corporations and organizations focusing on creativity, personal and professional development, and transformative education. He is the founder and director of the Center for Creative Development in Huntington, NY, a nonprofit organization that is the home of the "I Matter" Project and Just Like Me. Rob is also on the adjunct faculty of Suffolk County Community College, Adelphi University and Dutchess Community College where he teaches courses in photography, interpersonal communication and social impact art.

Our Team


Rob Goldman, Director

Dina Rescott, Program Coordinator

Alan Semerdjian, Director of Music

Mike Kaufman, Management Consultant

Kenny Wohltmann, Webmaster

Walter Urlich, Exhibit Consultant

Daniel Wood, Digital Retoucher

Angela Krass, Sponsorship Consultant