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Dare to Understand Campaign Education & Resources

In September 2014, a group known as “The American Freedom Defense Initiative” (AFDI) asked to purchase advertising space on SEPTA as part of a campaign that AFDI has pursued in transit systems in several major cities across the country.  Although SEPTA declined to run the ads due to the inflammatory anti-Islamic content of the messages, a federal judge granted AFDI’s motion for a preliminary injunction. The four-week ad run began on April 1st, 2015 on 84 SEPTA buses.


Join us in turning this into a teachable moment!  This webpage contains student activity guides, presentations, memos, a poster contest, and training opportunities for you to consult and use to teach and engage with young people in your community about this issue and the Dare to Understand campaign.


For more information or if you want to talk to someone about using these resources, please contact Anneke Kat at or (215) 222-1012 x4.

Student Activity Guides
Other Education Resources

Other Education Resources


Learn more about the issue and community response:


Extended #DareToUnderstand PowerPoint Presentation



Memo for Civic and Religious Leaders


Memo for School Leaders


Poster-Photo Contest:


Participate in the Dare to Understand Poster-Photo Contest!


Dare to Understand Photos:


Check out our #DareToUnderstand Photo Gallery!

Educational Events:


Speakers and Training


Suggested Books for Children and Families:


Children's Library Resource




The Walking the Walk Youth Initiative


The Walking the Walk Youth Initiative is a nationally-recognized initiative that provides teenagers with experiences, skills, and resources necessary to live in a diverse world, deepen their own identities, and break through walls that distance and divide them from people of other religious, cultural, and economic backgrounds.


Field-tested in urban and suburban settings with schools and congregations of many faiths over the course of more than 10 years, the Walking the Walk Youth Initiative features an innovative curriculum designed by a multi-faith professional team with expertise in youth development, service-learning, and systems change.


For educators and leaders outside of the Philadelphia region, please check out our curriculum sample below and contact us if you are interested in starting a Walking the Walk program in your area.

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