In 2011, the Rex Foundation presented a grant to the Center for Digital Storytelling (CDS) to support a collaborative creative project of the Center, the California Film Institute (CFI) and the Rex Foundation. The creative project involved Oakland, CA seniors at Mandela High School, who, under the direction of CDS, created and produced their own digital stories about environmental issues impacting their local communities, and how addressing these issues connects with furthering human rights.

These two digital stories were presented at CFI’s Environmental Youth Forum in February 2011. The collaboration came about as a result of both CDS and Mandela High School being involved in The World As It Could Be Human Rights Education Program.