Mizzen by Mott and the Pulitzer Center team up to bring The 1619 Project to afterschool programs nationwide

Thought-provoking, interactive lessons weave together the painful realities of slavery with a celebration of Black excellence in the U.S.

FLINT, MI (September 28, 2021) — Beginning today, content based on the award-winning 1619 Project is available to afterschool organizations nationwide. The Pulitzer Center, a nonprofit journalism and education organization that raises awareness of underreported global issues, is collaborating with Mizzen by Mott to feature curricula supporting engagement with 1619 content on the Mizzen platform.

The Mizzen app provides high-quality learning content in STEM, visual and performing arts, career exploration, 21st century skills, civics and youth leadership. The app also includes a growing library of professional development resources for afterschool practitioners. Mizzen is free to the afterschool field through support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, which has a goal of promoting access to quality afterschool educational opportunities for all children.

“We are honored to offer powerful learning experiences for young people and educators that facilitate such significant and relevant lessons and activities,” said Mizzen CEO Carlos Santini. “This content is equally inspiring and engaging for practitioners as it is for youth in the afterschool space. When New York Times Magazine reporter and author of the project Nikole Hannah-Jones first released the series, educators began creating lessons and activities organically. We are continuing this effort in collaboration with the great people at the Pulitzer Center.”

The addition of 1619 content to the app reflects Mizzen’s focus on addressing social, racial and educational equity through an expanding collection of resources for teachers, coaches and educators. The new resources are designed to engage students’ creativity, teamwork, critical thinking and media literacy skills. In addition to examining the history and the legacy of slavery in the United States, 1619 content, podcasts and interactive lessons celebrate the contributions of Black Americans to democracy and explore the genius of Black innovators and artists.

“We’re excited to join forces with Mizzen by Mott to continue advocating for the ongoing development of our young people during these challenging times,” said Jon Sawyer, executive director for the Pulitzer Center. “Over the years, it’s been so inspiring to see the overwhelmingly positive response to this initiative in K-12 classrooms, school districts and college campuses. We are confident this trend will continue in afterschool programs across the country.”

During the fall, Mizzen and the Pulitzer Center will offer orientation webinars and trainings, as well as facilitation resources on the new materials, to the field.

The Mizzen by Mott app is available for download through the Apple App store or on Google Play. You also may sign up for Mizzen via the desktop app.


About Mizzen by Mott
Mizzen by Mott is a desktop and mobile app for the afterschool field that provides content that inspires, engages and sparks learning in young people. Mizzen offers activities from premier organizations like NASA, Jazz at Lincoln Center, STEM Next, the California Academy of Sciences and the Pulitzer Center. The app connects high-quality activities with powerful afterschool management features, making Mizzen an all-in-one tool that helps strengthen afterschool programs. Supported by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Mizzen is available at no cost to afterschool and out-of-school-time professionals. You can connect with Mizzen at www.Mizzen.org, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About the Pulitzer Center
The Pulitzer Center raises awareness of underreported global issues through direct support for quality journalism across all media platforms and a unique program of education and public outreach. The Center's K-12 education programs and resources cultivate a more curious, informed, empathetic, and engaged public by connecting teachers and students with underreported global news stories and the journalists who cover them. To learn more visit www.pulitzercenter.org

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The Mizzen by Mott app is free through support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

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