seeds of change

Read the great review of our film in the July 24, 2005 edition of Newsday

A must-see DVD, 'Seeds of Change'

Seeds of Change is a program of the Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center and Adelante of Suffolk County in conjunction with a partner school. The objectives of Seeds of Change are threefold:

  • To immerse teens of Jewish and/or Hispanic descent in a meaningful cross cultural dialogue facilitated by various experts in sociology, history, language and anti-bias training
  • To create a project that deals with 1) reaching out to understand people different from you and 2) saying no to all forms of bigotry . This project will be presented at a partner school.
  • To plant a Seeds of Change garden with the partner school students that will symbolize the capacity for all people to work together for the good of the community.

It is our hope that this program will positively impact the lives of the participating teens as well as the partner school students. Participants will obtain a greater understanding of one another which will curb the potential for either group to buy into the undercurrent of distrust and intolerance which exists. They will have the opportunity to learn about acceptance and compassion and the chance to incorporate this perspective into their world view.

Awards and Special Invitations

In the past eight months the Seeds of Change teens have received many accolades for their hard work. Some of these have included...


  • First Place - MultiMedia: The Holocaust Memorial and Educational Center of Nassau County Visual Arts Contest. Educational DVD with accompanying study guide.
  • Proclamation by the Suffolk County Legislature during the General Assembly.
  • Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for each participant from Senator Hilary Rodham Clinton.
  • Certificate of Commendation for each participant from Suffolk County Legislator Ricardo Montano.
  • Certificate of Recognition for each participant for service to the community from the Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center.


  • DVD Screening at meeting entitled "Patterns of Racial, Ethnic and Class Segregation on Long Island" sponsored by the Public Policy Education Network of Catholic Charities. Over 150 people in attendance.
  • DVD Screened at Echo Park Youth Film Festival, Los Angeles California Summer 2005
  • Students speak and screen their DVD at the Latino Jewish Council of Long Island event at Hofstra University.
  • Invited to participate in and hold a workshop at the Center for Prejudice Reduction Annual Conference in November, 2005. (Over 400 Educators in attendance)


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