The Facing Difference Challenge was held during the 2017-18 school year to help educators worldwide empower young people to reflect and take action toward building understanding, empathy, and peace.
Differences help define who we are, and engaging with people who are different - sharing stories and learning about their experiences - broadens our own perspectives and makes us more creative, innovative, and aware.
Why then is it so difficult to meaningfully engage with people and ideas that are different from our own?
When we choose to avoid or ignore our differences, understanding can be replaced by division. This is happening in ways big and small, from bullying in our schools to clashes in our communities, to civil wars waging around the globe.
By joining the Challenge, young people created meaningful self-portraits that reflected their sense of identity. Each portrait submitted generated funding from the Bezos Family Foundation—up to $600,000—to support programs run by CARE and Search for Common Ground, helping youth on different sides of conflict build peace.
Download the Student Impact Report to see how your efforts made a difference!
Take a look at all of the teams who took the Facing Difference Challenge on our team map (click here for an enlarged version):