USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education Empower Students to Build Empathy Through the Power of Story

Thu, 01/28/2021 - 12:54pm

The third annual Stronger Than Hate Challenge is now open and offers students the opportunity to win $10,000 in prizing. Students aged 13-18 are encouraged to submit a project demonstrating how a community can be stronger than hate. Full rules and submission details are available here.

The Stronger Than Hate Challenge demonstrates the power of learning from the past and using your own voice to counter hate. The Challenge is presented by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education and Discovery Education – the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

“The Stronger Than Hate Challenge empowers youth voices by connecting students with the impact of testimony in overcoming hate,” said Lesly Culp, USC Shoah Foundation’s Head of Programs for Education. “In continued partnership with Discovery Education, we are helping inspire new ideas and spark student imagination to foster a more just and equitable society.” 

Previous finalists and winners submitted projects on a range of relevant and impactful topics that addressed hate in their communities. The 2020 winner – Emma F. from San Clemente High School located in San Clemente, CA – created an artistic multi-media project addressing racism in the United States with a hand-drawn digital mural of George Floyd with the words “you can’t conquer hate with hatred.” 

The Stronger Than Hate Challenge builds upon Teaching with Testimony – a USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education no-cost and standards-aligned educational initiative  which empowers students to create a better future by listening to and learning from the powerful testimony of survivors and witnesses of genocide. 

“The resources from Teaching with Testimony, including the Stronger Than Hate Challenge, exemplify the impact of connecting students to social and emotional learning as a catalyst for change,” said Lori McFarling, President of Corporate & Community Partnerships at Discovery Education. “We commend USC Shoah Foundation for their continued leadership in fostering inclusivity and are proud to join forces in igniting student curiosity through the power of testimony.” 

Learn more about the Challenge and the partnership at and within the Teaching Tolerance channel on Discovery Education’s flexible K-12 learning platform

About Discovery Education
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Ron Demeter | USC Shoah Foundation |
Grace Maliska | Discovery Education |