June 20, 2012
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On Thursday, December 8, 2016, 10 teens from After School Matters attended the USC Shoah Foundation Ambassadors for Humanity Gala in Los Angeles, after piloting a new, testimony-based learning activity created by the foundation earlier this year. The Gala honored Mellody Hobson, board chair of After School Matters, and George Lucas.
The teenagers, who all live and attend high school in Chicago, were able to participate in a second learning activity during the Gala. The activity focused on communication and engaged the group of teens in identifying persuasion and propaganda, and discerning the differences between audiences. Using testimony from survivors and eyewitnesses of genocide, the activity showed the danger in homogenizing entire groups of people by race or religion.