This is the moment. Young people have always been - and are today - at the forefront of social movements that have transformed societies around the world. Facing History and Ourselves gives young people, through our work with educators and in schools, the tools they need to be agents for change.
Save the date for our Chicago Benefit Lunch on Thursday, April 11, 2019 celebrating the power of youth agency, voice, and civic engagement. Together we can help the next generation face history NOW.
When & Where
Thursday, April 11, 2019
12:00-1:30 PM - Lunch and Program
720 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
Ava Kadishson Schieber
Poet and Artist Ava Kadishson Schieber was born in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia in 1926. When the Nazi’s decreed that all Jew’s must register, Ava’s family made a decision to separate and go into hiding. At the age of 15 Ava went into hiding on a Serbian farm owned by distant relatives, and for four years she pretended to be deaf and mute to further hide her Jewish upbringing. Despite the emotional and physical hardships she faced, Ava continued to create art in hiding. One of her watercolors from that time period hangs in the U.S. Holocaust Museum.
After the war, Ava emigrated to Israel in 1949 with her mother. In 1985 she moved to Chicago. While in Chicago Ava worked closely with our Facing History program staff to share her story with educators. In addition, Ava visited countless Facing History classrooms to tell stories about her life to students, instilling in them her belief that education and information are the greatest weapons against intolerance.
In recognition and deepest gratitude Facing History Chicago presented Ava Kadishson Schieber with an Upstander Award at our annual Board Retreat on July 17, 2018, prior to her departure to Israel. We are grateful to her for inspiring so many through her story, life, and art.
Photo Credit: Jon Lowenstein/Noor
In Chicago, demand from teachers, administrators, and districts for Facing History's professional development is growing at a rapid pace. Adding to our work across the region, we are poised to begin a deeper partnership with the Chicago Public Schools - bringing Facing History's rich curricula to every middle and high school in the district. Facing History's ever-expanding teacher network in the greater Chicago region allows us to reach more than 570,000 middle and high school students in public, independent, charter and religious schools each year. Every day, Facing History provides teachers with the tools they need to empower students to become engaged, informed, and active citizens of tomorrow.
Learn more about our impact on the Chicago Page.
For more information, please contact Molly Matthias at [email protected] or at 312-345-3221.