Exposing ExPEERience

What is the injustice we are solving?
Everyone has a story-- whether it's an adversity they've overcome, an experience that changed their mind, or battle they're still fighting. With social media, a challenging political climate, and a nonstop news cycle, it's easier and easier for us to disconnect from one another and conflate the stories we are shown to single narratives. It's become habit to simplify the stories of our classmates and colleagues and feel alone in our struggles. This project will connect youth voices with local press to share experiences that relate that put a human face on the issues populating the headlines. Through a "storytelling toolkit", students can learn how to think, write, and speak about their experiences and then share those narratives with a broader audience. Whether for a school or local newspaper, blog post, or college application essay, this toolkit will build community through the sharing of experiences, cultivate healthier relationships among students, improve interpersonal communication skills, and foster a compassionate sense of civic engagement in young people through showing them that their stories matter and that they're more connected to each other and the headlines than they likely think.
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Fish S.

February 01, 2018

McKinley, what a powerful project! Thanks for bringing this to us. Really love the work you're doing to lift up young people's voices and bring us all closer together through storytelling -- and love all the deep thinking you've done about the benefits this experience can offer to young people! We definitely need more youth voices in the media.

What's the process for connecting young people with local news outlets?

How can we help with your next steps for the spring? We can offer mentors, expert feedback, mini-grants of up to $250 (as well as opportunities to attend our Accelerator Conferences and receive larger grants), and project-planning tools. Just let us know what you need!