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Just Like Me, But Different


Going Global for Good

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Just Like Me, But Different


Going Global for Good

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We want to build a world of global citizens, starting with children, who care about people, respect animals and protect the places where all of us live together.

What is Just Like Me, But Different?

Just Like Me, But Different uses the power of Virtual Reality and interactive media to foster the growth of compassionate, informed citizens of the world.

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With rich environmental content and cross-cultural connections forged through stories that illuminate critical global issues, we introduce children to the diversity of the planet and the uniqueness of its living creatures, one immersive experience at a time.


How Most Kids Learn About the World

Most kids grow up not knowing about the rest of the world – from basic geography to a deeper understanding or empathy for the people who live in distant places, or even for people from different cultures who live among them.

In 2015 nearly 3/4 of eighth-graders tested below proficient in geography – and that's almost exactly the same result as in 1994. Many find out about distant places only when a war or natural disaster brings them into the news or a homework assignment.

 

Why is Global Awareness Important?

We live an increasingly connected world with many issues that require global collaboration. Understanding more about other cultures is imperative.

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Immigrants from fill our classrooms with children representing an unprecedented diversity of backgrounds. Ongoing political, cultural and climatic events underscore the fact that the world beyond our borders matters within them. 


How Just Like Me Kids Discover the World

Kids embark on virtual adventures to the world beyond the horizon, where they see new places, discover new cultures, learn about important global issues and meetfriends who are making a difference in their communities.

They also discover the habits and habitats of the animals that share these places with their human neighbors. And they dive beyond the differences – the notion of “other” – to the truly exciting discovery of what they share with children and creatures everywhere.

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About


About


BACKGROUND

Since 1985 the award-winning films of  Maiden Voyage Productions (MVP) have empowered indigenous communities to share important cultural issues and compelling personal stories with national and international audiences. Evenari produced Spirit of the Land, a series of educational films for public television about the native cultures in Alaska and Hawai’i. She founded MVP in 1993 as a California 501(c)3. The MVP name was inspired by Evenari’s voyage on a Polynesian sailing canoe that resulted in her producing Wayfinders: A Pacific Odyssey, a PBS documentary, funded by NEH, about Polynesian voyaging and navigation.

In 2012 MVP kicked off World Wise Adventures, a program that raises awareness of multicultural perspectives through volunteer service and meaningful interactions with diverse local and global communities. We have led trips to France, Mexico, Israel, Atlanta and Puerto Rico. MVP acts as fiscal sponsor for selected projects that align with our mission.

MVP’s recent film, A Gift for Abuelo, introduces children to Mexican cultural traditions and wildlife conservation. Currently, MVP is launching Just Like Me, But Different, (JLMBD) a project that uses the power of Virtual Reality films and interactive media to build empathy and global awareness. MVP also produces proposals, curriculum, companion guides and outreach materials for PBS documentaries, including Wayfinders, The New Americans, Elie Wiesel: First Person Singular, The Calling, A Doula Story, Speaking in Tongues and Havana Curveball.

MVP has raised approximately $1.8 million in grants from foundations, NEH, NEA, private donors and nonprofits.

THE FOUNDER

With four decades of experience in the fields of education and media, Gail has a passion for deepening connections and creating opportunities for growth and learning. In her work as an educator, she introduces students to global perspectives through books, films, art and, most recently, through service and travel. As a filmmaker, she has been successful in gaining the trust of people in the indigenous communities of Polynesia, Alaska and Mexico. This has enabled her to produce award-winning films that share their stories in their voices — from the inside out. 

See résumé.

 

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Contact


Contact


 

Maiden Voyage Productions

Half Moon Bay, CA
(650) 726-9234

gail@jlbd.org
skype/viber: evenari

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