Building a Nation of Neighbors equips individuals and organizations with story-based tools to better understand and use the Welcoming model. The module, which was developed by Active Voice in association with BeCause Foundation, was adapted from the documentary Welcome to Shelbyville, produced and directed by Kim A. Snyder.
As the Welcoming model continues to garner successes around the country, many are clamoring for tools to make their schools, local institutions, churches, communities and states more welcoming. “Building a Nation of Neighbors” is a short DVD that hones in on select scenes from Welcome to Shelbyville that exemplifies the Welcoming America model, while providing additional context on how it can work for a range of communities and audiences. From a seasoned “welcoming ambassador” to a concerned resident who wants to get the conversation started at her church, this module provides tips and guidance on how to build more welcoming communities.
“Building a Nation of Neighbors” is part of Shelbyville Multimedia, a project of Active Voice – in association with BeCause Foundation – designed to promote community building and harmony between native-born Americans, immigrants and refugees nationwide. It was developed in partnership with Welcoming America, with generous support from Unbound Philanthropy.
Change has come to rural Tennessee. Set against the backdrop of a shaky economy, Welcome to Shelbyville takes an intimate look at a southern town as its residents – whites and African Americans, Latinos and Somalis – grapple with their beliefs, their histories and their evolving ways of life. Welcome to Shelbyville is directed and produced by Kim A. Snyder and executive produced by BeCause Foundation, in association with Active Voice. Visit www.welcometoshelbyvillefilm.com