About the Program
The World As It Could Be Human Rights Education Program is an outgrowth of a series of successful initiatives carried out since 2006 to educate and inspire youth and adults to further human rights for all people. These initiatives have used the creative arts to deepen learning about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR); they have also given participating youth the voice to teach their peers and adults about the importance of the UDHR concepts
With the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) as its guide, The World As It Could Be Program endeavors to collaborate with community arts and social justice non-profit programs, schools, universities, and teacher training organizations to develop and use creative arts-based learning models and youth-led original dramatizations to inspire youth and adults to value the importance of human rights for all people, as well as to be engaged members of their local and global communities to help make the words of the UDHR a reality for everyone.
As part of the Program’s mission, we seek to provide multiple levels of benefits while carrying out initiatives:
• Support grassroots non-profits and creative arts professionals
• Showcase the importance and value of the creative arts to personal development and a vibrant culture
• Engage youth in positive, motivating activities that encourage learning, critical thinking and enhanced social interactions
• Provide opportunities for youth who are often marginalized due to learning differences and physical limitations to be participants in school-wide initiatives
• Engage the broader community to support and celebrate accomplishments of youth
• Provide opportunities for collaborations among non-profits, between non-profits and public schools, and among the teachers within schools
• Help transform traditional pedagogy into Human Rights Education
OUR PRIMARY ACTIVITIES
With the depth and breadth of positive impacts from the last nine years of work, the Program endeavors to:
• Widely distribute its high school curriculum that integrates the creative arts and a culminating celebratory presentation, and, consistent with the Common Core curriculum standards, promotes in-depth learning and critical thinking skills.
• Deepen the impact of The World As It Could Be Is Within REACH Rite of Passage at the REACH Ashland Youth Center as well as in other communities.
• Utilize our extensive library of videos of student presentations and commentary about the UDHR to raise awareness and spur dialogue about the continuing relevance of the UDHR as part of enhancing the social emotional learning of youth, promoting positive community and civic engagement, and creating a culture of thinking and acting that fosters equality, justice and human dignity for all people.
On December 4, 2015, Balboa High School in San Francisco held its annual Human Rights assembly. This excerpt is from one of the presentations in which students reflect on the importance of the UDHR. The thoughtful narration to the compelling video […]
On Monday, December 14, 2015, the participants in The World As It Could Be Is Within REACH Rite of Passage Program held an assembly for all the members and staff of the REACH Ashland Youth Center. They presented their dramatization […]
TWAICB Director Sandy Sohcot reports: On Tuesday, December 15, 2015, I was proud to watch the students of the Future Leaders For Social Change Academy of Arroyo High School present their annual Town Hall about the Universal Declaration of Human […]
At the first Monday of each month, the Core Leaders of the REACH Program area of the month, present information about why that Program is considered as vital to REACH, and, therefore, to the health of the members. On Monday, […]
TWAICB Director Sandy Sohcot writes: On Friday, December 4th I could not have been prouder when Balboa High School Principal Susan Ritter welcomed the full house of 1,200 students, their teachers, and guests like me to what she enthusiastically described […]
2016 marks the 10th year since we began the work that led to The World As It Could Be Program (TWAICB). All the positive impacts we’ve achieved since our first youth-led presentation at Balboa High School on December 8, 2006 […]
A number of years ago, I read Daniel Goleman’s book Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ, in which he explains Emotional Intelligence (EQ)—the ability to recognize one’s own and other people’s emotions, to discriminate between different feelings […]
We were pleased and touched to receive this letter from Citlalli Castellon, one of the alumni of last year’s Rite of Passage program, who’s currently in her first year at the University of California, Davis. She shares her thoughts about the […]
At the start of each month of the Rite of Passage program, the Core Leads of the REACH Program areas present information on why that area of activity is important to REACH members. The Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs’ Activities League (DSAL) […]
We need wilderness preserved—as much of it as is still left, and as many kinds—because it was the challenge against which our character as a people was formed. The reminder and the reassurance that it is still there is good […]