2019 Flowers Fund Grantees



Arroyo High School, San Lorenzo, CA

Project Description:
A year-long project entitled, “Podcasting for Social Justice” with English Language Learners at Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo, California. This project will harness the power of podcasts and personal/ family histories to build student confidence in speaking and listening, two domains in which Long Term English Learners (LTELS) struggle with once they reach high school. Students will learn the art of storytelling, interviewing, and editing to collaboratively publish high-quality podcasts throughout the year that focus on personal histories and social justice in their community. The goal of this project will be to explore issues of immigration, education, the rights of the child, and others through personal narratives and interviews with community members and families. The funding will be used specifically to help Mr. Embretson create a project-based curriculum that he will use throughout the school year and make available to other teachers in the spring on The Right to Know Human Rights Education Website at San Francisco State University (righttoknow.sfsu.edu) where Nathan is currently a graduate student in the School of Education.



University of Iowa, College of Law

Project Description
Mr. Farrell will host a workshop for college/university teachers from across the state of Iowa focused on integrating human rights into their curricula. Brian and his colleagues have been developing a statewide network of faculty members interested in human rights. Most do not have a formal background in the subject nor do they teach courses exclusively focused on human rights, so their local network tries to increase the HRE “reach” by equipping them to work human rights into various courses across disciplines, particularly at smaller undergraduate institutions. In this workshop, they hope to provide background framing, convene roundtable discussions, and share syllabi and other materials.



Notre Dame High School, San Jose, CA

Project Description:
High School students will interview day workers at the Day Worker Center in Mountain View and transform their interviews into bilingual narratives and superhero comic strips. The final products will be published in a book and online to be used by English and Spanish classes to teach both cultural differences and empathy during the following year. Proceeds from book sales will be donated to local elementary and middle schools and also used by schools in Spain.



Human Rights Connected, Washington, DC

Project Description:
This project is a youth-centered human rights podcast guided by hope-based communication. Addressing the power of strategic youth activism in social movements, the podcast will explore the intersections of civil resistance, artivism and the role of youth in movements. This project will provide a platform for young human rights defenders (HRD’s) to critically, and openly share their experiences, from struggles to successes. Shedding light on these experiences will help expand the audience of HRE to include youth activists on-the-ground. The project seeks to answer the following questions: What are the benefits of utilizing HRE in and out of the classroom? How can a hope-based approach to human rights storytelling impact youth’s involvement in today’s social movements? What are the challenges of incorporating HRE into approved common core standards? The funding will be for recruitment, production, promotion, and continuity of more podcast episodes. One goal is to partner with a school or not-for-profit organization to offer this podcast as a resource to supplement an existing HRE training or curriculum.