Coming Together is a Sesame-wide initiative that helps children grow up with a healthy self-identity and sense of belonging.
We’re working to build a future where all children can reach their full potential — and do so in celebration of our diverse world. Our research-based, child-centered resources include the whole family, inviting parents and caregivers, educators, and providers to help children celebrate their own race, ethnicity, and culture and become upstanders for themselves and one another.
Let’s get started!
We know that young children are very curious (and observant) learners who work hard to make sense of themselves and the world around them. Use these award-winning videos to spark conversations about your family’s culture and traditions. Begin by watching, exploring, and talking together!
I Am Somebody
I Am Somebody (Giant Song) | #ComingTogether
We can all be proud of who we are! And we when we stand together, we stand tall “like a giant” against racism… and help build a better world. Sing “I Am Somebody” along with Elmo, Abby, Rosita, and their new friend Wes —and celebrate you.
Best Friends Band
Sesame Street: See Us Coming Together Song with Ji-Young, Elmo, and their friends!
Become a member of the Best Friends Band! Sing along with Ji-Young, Elmo, Abby, and Tamir about how we all belong to one another, in this See Us Coming Together Song!
¡Todos juntos! All Together Song!
Kids Meet a Dancer
You and Me Makes We Song
You and Me Makes We Song
Kind words and actions can go a long way when making friends! Learn more about the power of compassion in this brand-new song! Produced by Six Point Harness. Music Created by Danny Lapidus and Hot Peas ‘n Butter
Showing Fairness with Brett Goldstein”
Celebrate Diversity with Troy Kotsur
Showing Confidence with Kal Penn
Use Your Voice with Amanda Gorman
Traditions with Zahn McClarnon
Check out our research-based resources for talking about race, diversity, and inclusion with kids.
Elmo, Wes, and Elijah talk about skin color.
Learning About Racial Literacy
The resources in this initiative can support you in building racial literacy in all children, and to also build children’s sense of self and self-worth.
Parents and Caregivers
Reported in our 2021 survey that their kids age 6-11 experienced racial discrimination.
For this report, Sesame Workshop explored how children experienced or processed the 2020 surge in media coverage of violent acts of racism.
Children are not born colorblind. We know that babies notice physical differences, from skin color to eye shape and hair texture. This unique set of resources provides you with language and parenting strategies to talk with your child about race and racism, as well as tools to cope with racism together as a family.
Breathe, Feel, Share
Three steps to navigating race-related conflicts.
I Am Somebody
Printable, cut-apart affirmation cards that build confidence, self worth, and a strong sense of identity.
Never Too Young: Ages and Stages of Racial Understanding
An article about children’s understanding of race, age by age.
Meet the Characters
Get to know characters from Coming Together.
Ji-Young is a spunky seven-year-old who loves to play her electric guitar and is always willing to play a song with her friends on Sesame Street. Ji-Young also loves playing soccer and rolling along the street on her skateboard.
Tamir is an 8-year-old boy who loves to read and draw, especially silly superheroes with all sorts of unusual powers! Tamir also loves trying to build different gizmos and gadgets.
Elijah is Sesame Street’s meteorologist who lives with his wife, Naomi, and son, Wes. He enjoys working out, running, and just being outdoors – preferably on a nature walk with Wes! Elijah is always there to listen and teaches his son to respect himself and others.
Wes is a 5-year old with a great imagination who loves going to kindergarten, where one of his favorite things is playing pretend with friends. Wes is fascinated by architecture: he visits the library for books about famous buildings, and makes his own forts at home.
Gabrielle is a six- and 3/4-year-old girl with a vibrant and curious personality. She enjoys singing, dancing, and going on nature walks with her friends.
Join Tamir, Gabrielle, Elmo, and other Sesame Street friends as they celebrate their different identities and learn to become “upstanders” for racial justice.
How to be an Upstander to Racism Song
Join Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Gabrielle, and Tamir to learn what you can say and do when you see someone being treated unfairly because of the color of their skin or fur.
What Is Racism?
Chris from Sesame Street narrates an animated story about a boy who experienced racism while playing with his friends and how he stood up for himself.
Making About Me Flowers
Welcome to the Power of We Club! In today’s Power of We Club meeting, Gabrielle, Tamir, Charlie, and Elmo have made About Me Flowers to learn more about each other!
Change the World Song
Sing along with Gabrielle, Tamir, Elmo and the rest of the Power of We Club as they sing about a world of fairness where anyone can be anything they want to be!
Check out these videos together to help develop children’s understanding, curiosity, resilience, and empathy.
A video about community.
Talking About Race: The Christofferson Family
A White family actively working to be antiracist talks honestly about their journey.
An anthem about pride, self-worth, and diversity.
Talking About Race: The Lees
A video of a family having an honest conversation about race and racism.
The Friends in Your Neighborhood
A song celebrating the diverse people and friends in a community.
Check out our Coming Together specials and our full page of resources for families.
See Us Coming Together
Sesame Street celebrates the rich diversity of Asian and Pacific Islander communities.
Race, Ethnicity, and Culture
Resources to help children celebrate and understand our diverse world.