All the Difference

PBS Premiere: Sept. 12, 2016Check the broadcast schedule »

Take Action

  • Share the links to the All the Difference College Bound Students Handbook, Facilitator's Guide and Family Tip Sheets with students, educators, families and organizations in your community or workplace.
  • For educators, use the College Bound Students Handbook in your classroom to help guide students who are considering college or about to start their college careers. For tips, strategies and ways to use the handbook in classes, download the Facilitator's Guide.
  • Host a parent meet-up group and use the Family Tip Sheets to guide supportive conversations and activities for local parents.
  • Join in American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen initiatives in your community. Click on "Find Your Community" at
  • Volunteer for a mentoring program in your community (e.g., Big Brothers Big Sisters).
  • Set up a program that matches students who are the first in their families to apply to college with people in the community with college degrees who can serve as "application mentors." Mentors guide high school students through the application process, help them understand what to expect on campus and provide support through their freshman years.
  • Make a "This mind will . . ." poster using teens and their dreams for high poverty communities in your city or region. For an example, see:
  • Arrange college visits for elementary and middle school students to make college real and give them a vision for the future.
  • Host a book club or convene a study circle to read and discuss Wes Moore's book The Other Wes Moore, which was the inspiration for the film.
  • Host a series of college application prep workshops for high school students in financially strapped districts. Use as a guide.
  • Host a screening for local and state education policy makers. Ask them to commit to at least one change or action that would directly benefit black boys and/or minority and first-generation students.
  • Participate in online conversations about the film. Consider regularly checking discussion threads to gather wisdom from other parents, educators or community members, and then sharing what you have learned with your group or in local and community meetings.
  • Add a card to The Race Card Project, started by NPR journalist Michele Norris. Each participant summarizes his or her feelings in a single sentence composed of six words. Create your own local wall of cards and use them as prompts for further community dialogue. For examples, visit the project website,