The Identity Project is an innovative educational intervention that utilizes documentary arts to address poverty-related barriers to identity development and learning in underserved youth. At its core, The Identity Project offers young people an invitation Home to themselves, an opportunity to create an artistic home within their bodies, celebrate the seat of their originality and their personal power of voice. Through a specialized curriculum in documentary storytelling and performance, The Identity Project empowers marginalized youth with an invaluable opportunity for self-actualization, improving readiness to learn on the most fundamental level. Throughout the course of the program students build skills in documentary storytelling and acquire essential 21st century competencies, ranging from creative problem solving and collaborative investigation, to a growth mindset and social emotional learning. Students also develop core cognitive skills, that enable them to heal through the expression of personal narrative and begin the invaluable process of learning to value themselves.