Jon Johnson and Antonio Daniels
Project: Multicultural Tigers Unite / Los Tigres Unidos
Program: Youth Challenge, 2017
In the last three years, Howard’s Hispanic population has grown from 6% to 37%. As the makeup of Howard changes there is more room for misunderstanding and divisiveness between students. Over half of the students at Howard High School are not involved in any extracurricular activities, and the research shows that the majority of teen violence happens in the hours just after school lets out in the afternoon. In an effort to fill that time with something positive, Howard’s Spanish, Culinary Arts, and Hospitality classes will create a student-led group that celebrates the growing diversity at Howard. Through surveying, students have shown an interest in planning after-school gatherings that celebrate diversity and culture with food, music, dance, games, and speakers.
Jon Johnson, Howard Spanish teacher and the leaders of this student group was selected as our Changemaker of the Year in 2017 for his work on this project, and his work with the Howard Baseball Team.
The Causeway Challenge is an ideas contest centered around a specific question, that empowers individuals to pilot their ideas for community change, with grassroots funding and hands-on coaching.