On Wednesday, August 22 at 6:00pm at Grace Farms, located at 365 Lukes Wood Road, New Canaan High School interns at Voices of September 11th (VOICES) will present “Reflecting and Moving Forward: Stories of Resiliency After 9/11.” The program is free and open to the public. The presentation will include a video that chronicles the stories of survivors and responders, highlighting their personal resilience and the relevance of 9/11 today.
Each summer, a team of New Canaan High School and college students join the organization as interns, working alongside VOICES staff on a variety of projects. This year, high school interns Cem Geray, Nicole Vanderlee, Reid Dahill, and Emily Shizari worked together with college interns Taylor Corbett, Margot Tucker, and Meredith Newman. One of the key assignments was to conduct a series of interviews with those who have been directly impacted by 9/11. In addition, the students participated in a service learning program with Jerusalem Peacebuilders, meeting high school students from Israel, Palestine and Syria.
Through the VOICES internship program, students gain a better understanding of the historic events of 9/11, those impacted by other acts of mass violence, and the personal stories of resilience shown by so many. The project culminates in the production of a video that will be presented to the community at Grace Farms on August 22nd and to their fellow students at a New Canaan High School fall assembly. VOICES internship program is made possible by the generous support of the New Canaan Community Foundation.
“Today’s high school students have no personal memories of 9/11,” said Mary Fetchet, VOICES Founding Director. “We believe that it is critical for students to understand what transpired that day, and the powerful acts of healing and giving back by so many that have happened since. 9/11 changed the world, and our community—so close to New York City—was directly impacted.”
“Having the interns teach this material to their peers has been very impactful,” added Mrs. Fetchet. “The students conclude their presentation with a call to action on how they, as the next generation of leaders, can give back to their communities, the nation, and the world.”
About Voices of September 11th
Voices of September 11th (VOICES) is a non-profit organization providing long-term mental health support, resources and programs that promote resiliency in the lives of the thousands of individuals and families impacted by 9/11 that we work with every day.
Through our partnership with the Centers for Disease Control, VOICES assists survivors and responders in accessing treatment from the World Trade Center Health Program for mental health conditions, and life-threatening illnesses due their exposure to toxins in the aftermath of the attacks. VOICES 9/11 Living Memorial commemorates the 2,977 lives lost and documents stories of survivors.
VOICES Center of Excellence leverages our expertise to assist communities, throughout the United States and abroad, in preparing for and responding to other acts of terrorism and mass violence
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