Saturday, December 1, 2012

Helping Kids Tell Stories


"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." -- Maya Angelou

Friends, today I'd like to bring your attention to a good cause, The Story Project, which "...impacts students living in challenged communities through a unique storytelling curriculum rooted in the media arts."

What's The Story Project? From indiegogo.com:

The Story Project: Imagine.  Create.  Live.Change your story / Change your life 

Behind every successful business, businessperson, and individual is a terrific story. From world class entrepreneurs to everyday people, understanding story is credited as the single most important factor in determining innovation and prosperity. People such as Richard Branson, Michael Jordan, and even Thomas Edison have publicly acknowledged storytelling as a device that helped chart their paths. 

The story behind The Story Project:

So what's the story behind The Story Project?  It's simple: Kids. Students more precisely. Our demographic typically falls under the categories of: Title 1, At-Risk, Under-Served, Middle & High School ages. If you're wondering why, the answer is simple. More obstacles.

Obstacles are a way of life. In screenwriting, adding an obstacle creates drama; in life, if unprepared, an obstacle can cause disaster.  

With generous donations, The Story Projects gives kids the opportunity to tell stories.

Our programs are rooted in: documentary and fictional filmmaking, poetry, spoken word, photograhy, murals, screenwriting, and many other means based in the media arts.

Want to see what the kids are up to? Visit www.storyproject.org. If you're able to donate to The Story Project, please click here. If you can't donate money, it would be awesome if you could help spread the word. Thanks so much!

How has the power of story changed your life? When you were young, were you itching to tell stories? Who nurtured that in you? A parent? A teacher? A mentor?

29 comments:

  1. That's a cool concept! First time I'd heard of that organization.

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    1. Alex, I'd never heard of it until a friend told me about it. She's on the board :)

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  2. Love this project!

    I did love to tell stories when I was young. After reading one of my stories, my 4th grade teacher told my mom that I had a great imagination, and that I would be a writer one day...mom never gave up on that thought...

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    1. Loree, it's so cool that early on your teacher recognized your writing talent!

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  3. I've never heard of this - but I love the idea! Off to check it out ... :)

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  4. Stories have always been my joy, my solace, and my hope. I see those same assets shine from my students when I read to them. What a great project.

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    1. Leslie, I'm sure you see all kinds of students from all different backgrounds. Let's hope they find their own stories :)

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  5. This sounds like a fantastic project. Stories inspired me from the time I could read, taught me lessons, brought me friends, and wonderful worlds.

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    1. Heather, it's amazing what an impact stories have on our lives.

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  6. Julie, this is incredible. What a great idea! I'm off to read more. Thank you for sharing the story project.

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    1. Karlene, thank YOU so much for checking it out!

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  7. Up until I started writing, I never considered myself a storyteller. Then I remembered how, when I was young, I used to gather my friends & direct little productions & have plays on my front porch. Who does that? Man, I haven't thought about for nearly 40 years!

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  8. Oh goodness... Julie, what an amazing project... Stories can be so powerful... I think part of that is why we write--each of us were touched somehow and we want to reciprocate. Such a powerful art. <3

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  9. How very cool! Thanks for the link, Julie!

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