WASHINGTON, D.C. –Selfies can be manufactured, self-impressions of how we want the world to see us.
But what do they really say about who we are? African Ancestry, Inc., the Black-owned technology company that pioneered genetics ancestry tracing for people of African descent, has created a student program to help educators get to the root of that question. The Ultimate Selfie … Connecting Identities to Excellence & Achievement (TUS), the customizable program is designed for grades 6 – 12 and college students.
“Studies have shown that young people with healthier identities are more likely to be successful in school and life and less likely to bully or be violent, among other things,” said African Ancestry co-founder Gina Paige. “The Ultimate Selfie was created to enlighten on identity, educate on the importance of knowing who you are and inspire respect and pride among participants.”
Broward County School System, Florida Memorial College, Rutgers University and University of Maryland, Baltimore are a sampling of the schools that have already taken part in TUS.
While AfricanAncestry.com has worked with youth since its inception in 2003, The Ultimate Selfie is an updated student initiative developed in conjunction with educators and psychologists to make for a formalized, impactful program offering. The Ultimate Selfie is also available for any organization with a focus on young people.
For more information on African Ancestry’s programs, contact Nichole Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.