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Created in 2016, STATE’s #WhatDoWeTellTheKids platform aims to shed light, spark conversation and build empathy around challenging social issues by asking the question, ‘what do we tell the kids?’ Prior initiatives focus on #BlackLivesMatter and mass incarceration’s impact on kids, the Flint water crisis, damaging language directed at the LGBTQ and disabled communities, the national anthem protests and more.

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Graphic Design: Casey Barber Audio Production: Jon Reitzes

Dear white Americans - you need to hear this... even if you think you don't. This #WhatDoWeTellTheKids initiative was designed to educate and open eyes with concrete calls to action tied to every post. Each person you'll hear has chosen a specific organization or movement that STATE will be supporting in hopes that our followers will rally around as well.

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What Do We Tell The Kids

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Seeds of Peace

Our newest #WhatDoWeTellTheKids project features New York City teens who are alumni of Seeds of Peace - STATE's Summer 2019 charitable partner that inspires and cultivates new generations of leader...

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El Paso Pledge

After donating 2,000 backpacks to asylum seekers in El Paso, our Co-Founder, Scot wanted to get to the city to understand and experience the issues at the border first hand and document it on film....

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Why We Kneel

"Unpatriotic" "Disrespectful to our troops" "A 3rd string quarterback that just wanted some attention again" are some of the viewpoints around Colin Kaepernick. But what’s gotten lost is his intent...

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The Flint Initiative

What do we tell the thousands of kids in Flint, Michigan who have been overlooked and marginalized simply because of their zip codes? This #WhatDoWeTellTheKids project transforms Flint's unsung her...

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Mass Incarceration

This #WhatDoWeTellTheKids project - in partnership with the award-winning movement, Echoes of Incarceration - aims to start a conversation around mass incarceration; supporting the kids, families a...

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Chicago 2017 Initiative

Our #WhatDoWeTellTheKids short film profiled kids from Chicago's West Side who show how despite the daily presence of gun violence in their neighborhoods, they continue to push through, drowning ou...

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Erase The R Word

"That's retarded," You're a retard," are said every single day, and despite the pain it causes, the R Word still exists. This #WhatDoWeTellTheKids video ask the simple question, why is the R word s...

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LGBTQ Initiative

This #WhatDoWeTellTheKids project features proud members of the LGBTQ community, shedding light on the power and dangers of language. 

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Black Lives Matter

Our first #WhatDoWeTellTheKids project focuses on the #BlackLivesMatter Movement, its impact on children, and the educators struggling to explain why a movement validating the worth of their lives ...

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We’re always growing the ways in which we can make a difference. Do you have a cause you’re passionate about? Is there a local issue that needs attention? Send us a note if you’d like us to cover your story on our What Do We Tell the Kids platform.

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