A Bridge To The World Will Keep America Afloat

A friend recently sent me a photo of a menu board in front of a London restaurant, but instead of a listing the daily specials, it read, “All Americans must be accompanied by an adult.” I’ve had my fair share of overseas friends share their disappointment and befuddlement with the American people and our recent … Continue reading A Bridge To The World Will Keep America Afloat

Teaching Literature through Comics: The Silver Scorpion on the Syllabus

What does the Silver Scorpion have to do with literature? Students taking English 110 this summer had the chance to find out. In another first, the comic book created by Americans and Syrians as part of the Youth Ability Summit, was part of a college course about literature, composition, and critical thinking. Read on about … Continue reading Teaching Literature through Comics: The Silver Scorpion on the Syllabus

From Syria to Washington DC: Hamza Jaka’s life since participating in our Youth Ability Summit

The following entry highlights Hamza Jaka, a participant from our Youth Ability Summit. This entry is a part of our “Where Are They Now?” series. Here is what he had to say about his experience in Syria: I can’t believe it really was two years ago that I joined my fellow compatriots in Syria. Boy, how … Continue reading From Syria to Washington DC: Hamza Jaka’s life since participating in our Youth Ability Summit

Silver Scorpion Web Series Available Now on MTV Voices

On April 20th, the Silver Scorpion (aka Bashir Bari, otherwise referred to as “the world’s first cross-cultural superhero with disabilities”) debuted in fully animated form on MTV Voices. Why watch this one-of a-kind web series? First, because it is the design of a group of highly talented and ambitious youth advocates with disabilities from America … Continue reading Silver Scorpion Web Series Available Now on MTV Voices

The Silver Scorpion Becomes an Animated Series on MTV Voices

The Open Hands Initiative is excited to announce that in partnership with Liquid Comics and MTV Voices it has launched an animated web series of the “Silver Scorpion” comic book. Created in Syria by 26 American and Syrian youths with disabilities while participating in the Youth Ability Summit in 2010, the “Silver Scorpion” is the … Continue reading The Silver Scorpion Becomes an Animated Series on MTV Voices