I, too, am America
Harlem Renaissance Poet Langston Hughes wrote of his American citizenship, “I am the darker brother. They send me to eat in the kitchen when company comes, but I laugh, and eat well, and grow strong. Tomorrow, I'll be at the table when company comes. Nobody'll dare say to me, ‘Eat in the kitchen,’ then. Besides, they'll see how beautiful I am.” I, too, am America examines each of our roles as significant contributors and responsible global citizens.
Living History Trips within the United States and abroad help the participants to contextually understand the development of nations: their varying dynamics, and their common patterns, while language and cultural immersion preparation promote openness and humility.
Annual 2-4 week service projects in local, national, and international communities nurture collective responsibility, teamwork and community pride. While planting a community garden, participants apply botany as well as math concepts like geometry, measurement, estimation, and multiplication. Science concepts are applied to mixing materials like paint and artistic thought is employed in the layout of tiles when beautifying their local parks. Geology and earth science assists participants digging water wells in West Africa. Children are encouraged to think creatively in planning future community service projects and collaborate with other civic-minded organizations.