Century High School wins funding for diversity and inclusion project. Last June, educators participated in the 2017 No Barriers Summit in Lake Tahoe, CA. Workshops showcased No Barriers Life's program curriculum with the goal to provide tools and equip teachers on how to help students and break barriers with the Global Impact Challenge. The diversity and inclusion competition was designed to inspire ideas from students on how to remove barriers with stereotypes and discrimination. The teachers were then tasked with bringing back their new knowledge and implementing diverse teams of students with or without disabilities. They followed the curriculum and came up with projects that would enhance diversity and inclusion within their schools.

156 students participated in teams for the Global Impact Challenge.  Wells Fargo Subject matter experts and No Barriers USA evaluated project proposals and video presentations. Two teams placed first and received airfare, accommodations and meals to the 2018 No Barriers Summit in New York City. They also received $5,000 to help get their projects started. The two teams were Grady High School in Atlanta team developed a working organization to address the lack of local sensory-friendly theaters, films and other recreational events in Atlanta for people with sensory processing disorders and related conditions. Hill Country Middle School, Austin, Texas team proposed a project to create a fun, interactive educational campaign about hidden disabilities to help ensure that all students welcomed, understood and encouraged to participate to the best of their abilities.

Century High School was the runner up team receiving $2,000 to jump start their winning diversity and inclusion project. The team was led by Michael Eckerman and included five students. Their proposal would use a social storytelling platform for students to share personal stories of hardships and barriers, with the goal of creating a sense of unity by highlighting the differences of others and the difficulties they face.