Young Storytellers Foundation http://www.youngstorytellers.com the official website of the Young Storytellers Foundation Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:42:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Our programs celebrate the imagination of every child… http://www.youngstorytellers.com/programs/ http://www.youngstorytellers.com/programs/#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2015 20:14:44 +0000 http://www.youngstorytellers.com/?p=386 . . . more]]> . . . more]]> http://www.youngstorytellers.com/programs/feed/ 0 Watch what we do… http://www.youngstorytellers.com/what-we-do/ http://www.youngstorytellers.com/what-we-do/#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2015 18:18:47 +0000 http://www.youngstorytellers.com/?p=898 . . . more]]> . . . more]]> http://www.youngstorytellers.com/what-we-do/feed/ 0 College Students: Apply for our Paid Summer Internship! http://www.youngstorytellers.com/college-students-apply-for-our-paid-summer-internship/ http://www.youngstorytellers.com/college-students-apply-for-our-paid-summer-internship/#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2015 18:17:46 +0000 http://www.youngstorytellers.com/?p=4739 The Los Angeles County Arts Internship Program provides 10-week paid summer internships (40 hours/week) to eligible undergraduate college students.  Students are paid $400/week to work in nonprofit literary, performing and . . . more

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The Los Angeles County Arts Internship Program provides 10-week paid summer internships (40 hours/week) to eligible undergraduate college students.  Students are paid $400/week to work in nonprofit literary, performing and presenting arts organizations and municipal arts agencies throughout Los Angeles County. Interns also participate in additional educational components provided by the Arts Commission.   For more information about eligibility guidelines please go to www.lacountyarts.org/InternEligibilityStudents.html.

 

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION

The Young Storytellers Foundation develops literacy through the art of storytelling. Using group exercises and one-on-one mentoring, we provide underserved children in the public school system an opportunity to write stories and see them brought to life through performance. Our mission is to inspire children to discover the power of their own voice.

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Summer Education Intern will assist YSF Programming Staff in the coordination of all summer programs. Some of these programs include multiple two week long Young Storytellers Summer Script-to-Stage Programs at Culver City’s Free Summer Lunch Program, the New York Film Academy week-long filmmaking intensive for selected YSF High School alums, a weeklong Script to Stage Intensive in partnership with Determined to Succeed, and a Movie Makers week long summer program. Summer program coordination tasks may include (but are not limited to) scheduling program dates, recruiting and placing summer mentors, collecting student data, processing mentor applications, background checks and assisting Programming Staff with mentor orientations. Our summer intern will also participate as a mentor in multiple summer programs and learn about our teaching methods. The intern will also serve as an Assistant Head Mentor in one of our summer programs which will involve assisting the lead mentor in the instruction of YSF curriculum.

 

SKILLS REQUIRED

The intern should be interested and/or have some background in a creative arts field and arts education. Students with backgrounds in theater, film, education and creative writing will be most attuned to the work we do, but others will not be excluded from consideration. Students should have experience with and passion for working with Elementary and Middle School aged students. Skills needed include basic knowledge of MS Excel spreadsheets, MS Word, Google Docs, iMovie and a basic understanding of how to use an ipad. Some experience with creative writing and/or dramatic writing is a plus, but not a must. Strong candidates will be interested in both the instruction of arts education curriculum as well as arts administration and the work that goes into supporting the work of our Head Mentors. While the skills and knowledge listed above are important, YSF believes a person with the right soft skills will gain the most from this experience. We would love to add a highly organized, flexible, motivated and resourceful individual to our team this summer. The intern will be required to pass a background check in order to work with students in our programs. The intern may also be required to take a TB test depending on school district.

 

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, please email cover letter and resume, with specific arts education background and/or creative arts background noted, to YSF Education Director Pilar Alvarez at pilar@youngstorytellers.com. We would like to know what you find most interesting about the field of arts-education, why you are interested in working with YSF and what makes you a strong candidate for our Summer Education Intern Position. No phone calls please.

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Bill Thompson, Executive Director http://www.youngstorytellers.com/bill-thompson-executive-director/ http://www.youngstorytellers.com/bill-thompson-executive-director/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 20:34:53 +0000 http://www.youngstorytellers.com/?p=620

Bill began his work with the Young Storytellers Foundation as a volunteer in 2006.  His work as a mentor with YSF quickly became the best hour of his week and . . . more

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Bill began his work with the Young Storytellers Foundation as a volunteer in 2006.  His work as a mentor with YSF quickly became the best hour of his week and he is proud to be the organization’s third Executive Director.

He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama (MFA) and the University of the Arts (BFA). As a non-profit executive, Bill is a member of the Policy Council for the California Alliance for Arts Education and is a graduate of the ESC New Executive Directors Institute, the Annenberg Foundation Executive Leadership Seminar, and City Scholars. He recently started the Hershey Cause Communications program with support from the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund.

As an activist, Bill has also worked with Invisible Children, a Ugandan relief organization. He produced their Red is for Emmy Celebrity Fundraiser in November 2006 and traveled to Washington, DC in June 2007 to lobby various members of the United States Congress in an effort to convince President Bush to assign a senior level diplomat to the Ugandan Peace Talks in Juba.

As an actor, he performed Off-Broadway and regionally in over 20 plays at theatres across the country. In 2005, he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award as Best Actor in a Musical. His film and television credits include Law & Order: SVU, Hope & Faith, Guiding Light, Jesus’ Son, and Graduation Week. As a theatre producer, he was responsible for Cats Talk Back, Winner of the 2003 Best Overall Production at the NY International Fringe Festival. He also worked in television script development in Los Angeles, most notably on the pilot for the USA hit drama, Burn Notice.

 

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Bid on Glee Scripts, Props, and More! http://www.theboxsceneproject.org/#!goodbye-glee-giveaway/c20lc http://www.theboxsceneproject.org/#!goodbye-glee-giveaway/c20lc#comments Sun, 22 Feb 2015 17:35:09 +0000 http://www.youngstorytellers.com/?p=4629 . . . more]]> . . . more]]> http://www.theboxsceneproject.org/#!goodbye-glee-giveaway/c20lc/feed/ 0 The Final Glee Big Show! http://www.youngstorytellers.com/gleebigshow15 http://www.youngstorytellers.com/gleebigshow15#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2015 15:00:01 +0000 http://www.youngstorytellers.com/?p=4550 . . . more]]> . . . more]]> http://www.youngstorytellers.com/gleebigshow15/feed/ 0 http://www.youngstorytellers.com/gleebigshow15/ http://www.youngstorytellers.com/gleebigshow15/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 18:12:29 +0000 http://www.youngstorytellers.com/?p=4537 Click to view slideshow.

Photos by Kristine Ambrose Photography

The FINAL  Big Show

Featuring live performances of scripts written by 5th Grade Young Storytellers by cast members from Glee!

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Photos by Kristine Ambrose Photography

The FINAL  Big Show

Featuring live performances of scripts written by 5th Grade Young Storytellers by cast members from Glee!

Starring Mark Salling, Dot Marie JonesHarry Shum Jr., Max Adler, Alex Newell, & Chrissie Fit!

Hosted by Ashley Fink & Curt Mega

Saturday, February 21 at 5PM
Willows Community School, Culver City, CA

in partnership with

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Sign up to Mentor in the Spring Session! http://www.youngstorytellers.com/mentor http://www.youngstorytellers.com/mentor#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 22:30:49 +0000 http://www.youngstorytellers.com/?p=4531 . . . more]]> . . . more]]> http://www.youngstorytellers.com/mentor/feed/ 0 João Ducci http://www.youngstorytellers.com/joao-ducci/ http://www.youngstorytellers.com/joao-ducci/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:10:56 +0000 http://www.youngstorytellers.com/?p=4519 How has YSF affected you?  Has it shaped what you want to do and how you approach your work/aspirations?

YSF has definitely showed me that I can have an impact . . . more

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How has YSF affected you?  Has it shaped what you want to do and how you approach your work/aspirations?

YSF has definitely showed me that I can have an impact in somebody else’s life. I learned that kids need someone to tell them that they can do whatever they wish in life and that they can achieve anything. I want to be an actor/dancer and being part of YSF changed my reason for wanting that. Instead of just wanting to simply entertain people, I know that I can change their lives, just like the kids changed mine.

What is the name of a teacher or mentor who inspired you? What was so inspiring about them?

Ms. Thrasher, my theatre teacher and director in high school, and Lawrence Hatcher, my choreographer also from high school. They introduced me to theatre and dance and helped me find my passion for performing again.

What YSF program/s have you participated in? And why did you decide to participate in that particular program/s?

I have mentored with Movie Makers at Mark Twain Middle School and the Sony Boot Camp, and Script to Stage at Determined to Succeed and La Ballona Elementary School.

What was the last script you mentored? What was it about?

The last script I mentored was “Tough Love” at the Movie Makers Sony Boot Camp. It was about a superhero that finds out his normal girlfriend is actually his arch enemy.

Is there a moment that stands out to you in your experience as a mentor this summer?

The best part to me is watching how the kids react to the screening of their films, or the actors performing their scripts live. It’s priceless.

You also participated in our summer NYFA program this past summer, what did you gain from that experience?

It was insane! I learned so much and met lots of awesome people in the process. It was an unbelievable opportunity and I’m very grateful to YSF for it.

You also were a mentor for our summer programs. Did NYFA help you become a more knowledgeable script writer or movie maker?

Yes it did! I was able to understand better what the process is, by going through it myself. Know I can help the kids much more than before, when writing and shooting.

Now that you’re an alum of our programs, what advice would you give to incoming students looking to mentor and/or be part of our NYFA Summer Program?

DO IT! Don’t be shy or scared. There hasn’t been one program that I did with YSF that I haven’t loved. Even though I was hesitant at first, they all have been extremely rewarding. You can change somebody’s life!

What do you want to pursue after you finish school?

Hopefully acting, or just performing in general.

What is your favorite movie? Why?

I don’t have a favorite movie because it’s too hard to pick just one. But one of my favorites is definitely Mean Girls, because it’s just so fetch!

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Make a Year-End Contribution to YSF! http://www.youngstorytellers.com/give http://www.youngstorytellers.com/give#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:00:54 +0000 http://www.youngstorytellers.com/?p=4483 . . . more]]> . . . more]]> http://www.youngstorytellers.com/give/feed/ 0