Through a 24-hour retreat format, participants are encouraged to interact honestly and forthrightly about issues that affect each of their respective communities as well as those that affect both. The program includes exercises designed to encourage open exchange among participants. Participants quickly get past political correctness to engage in real conversation about issues that are often too hard to address. In addition, Project Understanding provides an environment in which friendships flourish between young people. Participation in the program is selective, and most Project Understanding alumni have continued to be leaders in various facets of the Atlanta community. Alumni include several corporate C.E.Os, many non-profit leaders, and a number of prominent political figures, including one Mayor of Atlanta, Mr. Kasim Reed.
For more information on Project Understanding please contact our Goldman Bridge Fellow, Julie Katz.