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"IMatter" New Haven

In partnership with the City of New Haven, we have created a city-wide Compassion Campaign that will feature 50-75 large scale banners on buildings, window

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graphics in vacant storefronts, and illuminated 3D installations. We aim to enroll and unite the Greater New Haven community in bold, honest communication regarding the social and emotional challenges facing their youth while simultaneously beautifying the city.

You Matter too! Create your PowerPost with the "IMatter" app and declare your
self-worth to the world! "IMatter" PowerPosts give youth everywhere the opportunity to be included in the movement.  Simply download the "IMatter" app onto your smart phone and add your photo and "IMatter" statement. Your PowerPost will be added to our Instagram page.

"IMatter" App

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"IMatter" Voices

                                      "IMatter" Voices initiates vital dialogue between generations. Youth                                         featured in “IMatter” installations are invited to candidly share their                                         compelling stories. This insightful, private listening experience offers an opportunity to learn about the issues that today's youth are facing directly from teens and young adults. These excerpts of long-form interviews –"IMatter" Moments – are also broadcasted on radio programs and podcasts. Click to hear Sierra's "IMatter" Moment.

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"IMatter" Long Island

The "IMatter" Project was initially launched in Long Island, NY in 2013. The project appeared at Public Libraries throughout L.I. as well as several colleges and public schools. Watch the Verizon Fios video.

"We need to uplift the self-confidence of our teens and this is the perfect program to do that." - Andrew Raia, NY State Assemblyman

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Shine On - "IMatter" Theme Song

"IMatter" broadened its reach by recruiting Alan Semerdjian to write and record our theme song, Shine On, featuring a chorus of teens singers. "IMatter" Director, Rob Goldman collaborated with his son, Elias to create the Shine On music video with help from student cinematographer, Spencer Muhlstock. Click here to listen to and purchase the Shine On recording. 50% of the proceeds go to support the “I Matter” Project.

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"IMatter" Lesniak Recovery High School

The Raymond J. Lesniak Recovery, New Jersey's first recovery high school, celebrated their opening with an "IMatter" Project that enhanced their walls with images and messages of hope and pride. According to Star-Ledger, "Recovery schools have not only proven to be effective, they are cost efficient. The education establishment needs to embrace and support the programs that combine education and recovery. The lives and well-being of young people are at stake." Read the article

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