Speak Up Speak Now! (formerly the Paris Project) is an outreach program of the Florida Holocaust Museum. It is an 8- week summer program currently offered at select Pinellas County recreational facilities. Middle school age students engage in discussions, activities and field trips that examine concepts such as: identity, us and them, bystander, upstander, universe of obligation, prejudice, stereotypes and propaganda. The teens hear from guest speakers that include: crime victims, Holocaust survivors, refugees, law enforcement officers and community activists.
At the beginning of the program, students are asked to take a pledge to speak up in the face of injustice. Throughout the summer program, they create artwork that is used as part of an on-going public awareness campaign.
Students are encouraged to take pictures of the artwork and text the images along with the message “It is not snitching when you speak up for what is right.” Students select the best work of their peers at the end of each program to be displayed at the Florida Holocaust Museum and other public venues through out the year. An introductory presentation is available if you would like to host the Break the Silence exhibit at your school, youth center or place of business.
Speak Up Speak Now! is supported in part by: