Our Worlds Connect

Our Worlds Connect is a project designed to build relationships between high school students from different communities through a series of environmentally based community building experiences. These experiences are designed to immerse students in a common experience and provide opportunities for students to share their perspectives. The relationships they cultivate during this collaboration give students a better understanding of each other and prepares them to act in ways that create a more just, sustainable, and peaceful community.

Guiding Questions

  • How does a shared experience create relationships?

  • How do relationships create a bridge?

  • How does our environment shape our perspective?


  • Bring students from different communities together to have a shared experience

  • Encourage dialogue that develops an understanding of diverse perspectives

  • Build relationships that lead to empowerment for individuals and communities

Project Origin

In 2017 this project was launched when educators, in collaboration with the Cumming Nature Center and Headwater Food Hub, brought together students from a rural and city school, Naples High School and World of Inquiry School for a common plate lunch.. Over the course of two years students met up for a city scavenger hunt, shadowing at each other’s schools, and a three day retreat in Ithaca.

In 2021 this project was revived when, facilitated by the original organizers, educators from Walden School New York in Naples and Early College International High School in Rochester came together to connect their students during the 2021-22 school year. Three engagements between students from both schools are planned with the hope that this new collaboration will lead to more. The first meeting between the students will be in Early December, 2021.

Current Collaborations

We have two schools, Early College International Acedemy and The Walden Project, working together through this initiative. We are seeking more schools to build additional versions of this project.

Read More About the Early College and Walden Collaboration

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