Echo Eternal: Shadows complements the main focus of Holocaust commemoration.  From September to January evey year, participating schools collaborate to explore the oral history of individuals from different parts of the world from different time periods who have been victims of persecution and prejudice. The focus usually coincides with a commemorative anniversary of the event. The schools use the Echo Eternal format to pay tribute to three survivors from the chosen event in history.

The inaugural Echo Eternal: Rise began in the 25th anniversary year of the Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda.