Building Friendship Bridges

Building Friendship Bridges
Posted on 02/01/2022

Six students from Royal Oak Middle School participated in a youth leadership pilot program called Jimiri to come together with dozens of other students from Metro Detroit, opening their hearts and minds to one another, and taking the beginning steps to promote racial justice in our society. They shared common interests in activities of art, dance, digital photography, and theater, and discussed issues of privilege, advantage, and disadvantage as part of Jimiri's race and racism curriculum, according to Jimiri Inc. Founder Michael Zwibelman.

Zwibelman describes Jimiri is an organization dedicated to building friendships, understanding, and empathy across racial lines. A diverse group of 30-plus middle school students participated in the 8-week program, which ended in December with a presentation to their families at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Students say they've met new friends through the group and have had a lot of fun too.

There were a total of 6 students from Royal Oak Middle School: Eliseo Gullo, Dimyah Jackson, Dimario Jackson, Brody McDonald, Ana Sofia, Alonso Torres, and Morgan Ward.

"To our young Jimiri leaders, let me say again how much you fill us with hope for our future. Thank you for coming together and inspiring us," said Zwibelman.

For more information on Jimiri use this link. And to see the kids in action, click here.