Why do I matter in the world? ¿Por qué soy importante en el mundo?

Why do I matter in the world? ¿Por qué soy importante en el mundo?

This was a little project with my Central American newcomer students during the  2016-17 school year, who had newly arrived from detention in the last months. I wanted them to use both languages because their identity and voice is in Spanish. These were cut into 30 second segments and used as fillers on WRIR 97.3.

When the children explain why they are important, again and again, it is because they want you to know they are human.

Why do they feel compelled to tell you this?

Segments were aired on WRIR 97.3 an all volunteer radio station, Chispa Media is Katie Whelan with producers Krysti  Albus, Jay  Westerman