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Educational Outreach for PBS Special: "The Journey Home"


  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $43,191
  • Grant Period June 1, 2003–December 31, 2004
  • Location Arlington, VA, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

According to recent analyses of census trends, racial and ethnic minority communities are growing much faster than white communities. Racial and ethnic minorities currently represent almost 30 percent of the U.S. population and are projected to comprise nearly 40 percent by 2030 and more than 50 percent by 2060. Growth is particularly expected among Latino and Asian groups. Such dramatic demographic shifts will have a great impact on the future of U.S. civil society. Funding will provide partial support for educational outreach materials to complement a two-hour documentary, "The Journey Home." The PBS documentary chronicles the journies of four individuals as they examine the America of their past and future. The centerpiece of the educational outreach is a multimedia student project and competition that challenges students to create a statement or essay about "My America." The project will also include a Web site to broaden the scope and impact of the documentary.WETA, founded in 1961, is a public broadcasting station dedicated to producing and broadcasting television and radio programs of quality and integrity and providing program-related educational materials and outreach activities for local and national audiences.