Young Storytellers Foundation http://www.youngstorytellers.com the official website of the Young Storytellers Foundation Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:06:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 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 2014 Year in Review http://www.youngstorytellers.com/2014-year-in-review/ http://www.youngstorytellers.com/2014-year-in-review/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 16:25:19 +0000 http://www.youngstorytellers.com/?p=4475 By all marks – programmatic, fundraising, organizational sustainability, and strategic planning – 2014 has been an unprecedented success for our organization. Here’s a look back at what we accomplished this . . . more

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By all marks – programmatic, fundraising, organizational sustainability, and strategic planning – 2014 has been an unprecedented success for our organization. Here’s a look back at what we accomplished this year.

January, February, March

  • Young Storytellers hires Pilar Alvarez in the newly established position of Education Director. Pilar leads the staff through the creation of concrete learning objectives and a re-vamp of our program evaluation and student tracking systems.
  • The Glee Biggest Show is a smashing success raising $90K for YSF programs including an incredible $30K from The Box Scene Project. In addition to a sold-out house, the show is live-streamed to an audience of over 10K people world-wide.
  • In a wonderful partnership, 5th grade students from the Young Musicians Foundation provide live sound effects & underscoring during the Para Los Niños Big Show at Inner-City Arts!

April, May, June

  • YSF Vice-Chair Sam Brown competes in a trail run that raises an astonishing $20K for YSF!
  • YSF Board Member Eric Friedman is awarded the prestigious Points of Light award from former President George HW Bush for his long-time volunteer service as a mentor with YSF.
  • YSF Vice-Chair Kary Antholis and his HBO Volunteer Team win the Parsons Community Impact Award from Time Warner for their commitment to YSF. They were presented with a $10K donation from Time Warner Chairman Jeff Bewkes.
  • Board Members Terri Miller, Ilene Resnick, Susan Arnold, and Donna Roth host our second annual Cocktail Party to engage and cultivate contributors and volunteers.
  • The third annual YSF After Dark is a sold-out success featuring an all-star improv cast led by the Sklar Brothers, Casey Wilson, Oscar Nunez, David Koechner, Andy Daly and more!
  • Thanks to leadership from Board Members Sebastian Buck & Tracy Aftergood, over 35 YSF stakeholders participate in a Strategic Vision Deep Dive to define the future of Young Storytellers. This important exercise was led by Tracy’s father, Howard Weinberg, a retired strategic consultant from Deloitte.

July, August, September

  • We host our second annual Head Mentor Appreciation Dinner to honor our most important and dedicated volunteers.
  • YSF returns to the New York Film Academy with a new class of high school filmmakers, giving them scholarships worth $24,000 to a week-long filmmaking intensive.
  • YSF hires 16 high school aged alumni to serve as teaching artists in our Summer Camps.
  • YSF provides Script to Stage programs for low-income youth at the Culver City Free Summer Lunch program and the Determined to Succeed Summer Camp.
  • Thanks to Board Member Lani Monos, YSF hosts its inaugural Movie Makers Boot Camp on the Sony Pictures Lot with a group of distinguished alumni from our Script to Stage program.
  • The Hollywood Foreign Press Association presents YSF a $7,500 award at their annual benefit dinner. Jenny Slate & Nick Jonas accept the award on our behalf.
  • Thanks to grants from the Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation and WME Entertainment, YSF expands the Movie Makers program to 32nd Street Arts Magnet and Whaley Middle School.
  • Thanks to Board Members Susan Arnold, Donna Roth, & Jeff Smith, YSF expands the Movie Makers program to St. Anne Middle School bringing our total number of programs to six. Their donation of time and talent as teaching artists allowed for this expansion.
  • YSF completes our 2013 audit and has positive net assets in excess of $100K for the first time in history. This important milestone will lead to increased support from foundation funders.
  • Cadillac and the GM Foundation award YSF a $25K grant and make a commitment to underwrite the 2015 Biggest Show.
  • YSF receives additional grants from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and US Bank.
  • YSF launches a new semester of programming in a record 50 schools across Los Angeles & NYC that will reach more than 1000 students this year.

October, November, December

  • The Biggest Show 2014 is a smashing success, raising nearly $83,000 in support of our programs as stars such as Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Alison Brie, Max Greenfield, Jillian Bell, Stephanie Beatriz and John Cho performed in front of a sold-out house at the Moss Theatre in Santa Monica. Special thanks to YSF Board Members Sam Brown, Paul Lieberstein, Joy Fehily, Darren Bernstein and Troy Williams for their leadership roles in the event and the entire Board who raised corporate sponsorships and sold many VIP packages and blocks of tickets.
  • The Black Party, celebrating 10 years of the Black List, raises $50K for YSF programs. Thanks to Board Members Tracy Aftergood & Sam Brown for serving on the Event Committee.
  • Final Draft donates over 650 licenses to YSF so that every student in our programs has access to their latest software. This incredible in-kind donation is worth more than $80K.
  • YSF Executive Director Bill Thompson is one of 8 graduates of the City Scholars Leadership Academy. Thanks to Board Chair Andrew Barrett and Vice-Chair Kary Antholis for their tireless support and commitment to this important training program.
  • YSF is selected to participate in the Hershey Cause Communicating for Results program which will lead our efforts for a full brand re-fresh in 2015. Thanks to Board Member Divya Menon for participating and leading this initiative.
  • Thanks to Board Member Terri Miller, CASTLE fans crowd-raise more than $6K for YSF programs!
  • YSF receives grants from the Annenberg Foundation, Herb Alpert Foundation, Rosenthal Family Foundation, and IBM.
  • YSF raises over $550K – the most ever in a fiscal year. Additionally, YSF has 6 months of operating capital to begin 2015.
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Give the Gift of Storytelling with the 2014 Holiday Card! http://www.youngstorytellers.com/holidaycard2014 http://www.youngstorytellers.com/holidaycard2014#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:00:59 +0000 http://www.youngstorytellers.com/?p=4443 . . . more]]> . . . more]]> http://www.youngstorytellers.com/holidaycard2014/feed/ 0 Honor a Writer by Supporting the Next Generation of Young Writers! http://www.youngstorytellers.com/thankyouterri/ http://www.youngstorytellers.com/thankyouterri/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:27:31 +0000 http://www.youngstorytellers.com/?p=4459

Terri Edda Miller has put her heart into telling the story of our favorite characters since Castle debuted in 2009. Through the #ThankYouTerri fundraising campaign, we hope to express our

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Terri Edda Miller has put her heart into telling the story of our favorite characters since Castle debuted in 2009. Through the #ThankYouTerri fundraising campaign, we hope to express our gratitude to the whole Castle team by donating to a cause close to Terri’s heart: the Young Storytellers Foundation. Between now and December 8th, please give what you can to pass on the gift of storytelling to the next generation.

–The #ThankYouTerri fundraising team:

Kate Christie, Dia (@fembot77), Joy (International08), E (Random-Ship), Molly (Muppet47), Eyrianone, Laura B (chezchuckles), Alex (Caffinate-Me), Ellisbell1848, @Indrani_S, Kimberley (@kimmiesjoy), Berkie Lynn, Lou (@lousiemcdoogle), Nic (@nic6879), SexySheep, Alex (@alexmack23), Dana Keylits, NoOrdinaryLines, Cartographical, Lyssa, @DrDit92, Bean (Seilleanmor), Tuuli (@tuulip), Olivia Rowe, Emma, Lord of Kavaka, Brooke (@brookemopolitan), Angie (@dtrekker), Kellie (Freewheeler), WritingontheCastleWalls, Dave (@dave_ck), Megan (@XX00Meg00XX), Raina (bravevulnerability), Cathey (bunysliper), Diana (Dmarx711), and Lauren (l03l)


 

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Avan Shirwani http://www.youngstorytellers.com/avan-shirwani/ http://www.youngstorytellers.com/avan-shirwani/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 23:16:45 +0000 http://www.youngstorytellers.com/?p=4455 How has YSF affected you?  Has it shaped what you want to do and how you approach your work/aspirations?

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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 affected me in such beneficial ways. It allowed me to step into the role of guiding and teaching those younger than me while also getting to see how creative they truly are. I definitely always had a passion for the film world but the program allowed me to experience every side of it.

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

Stephanie Black really inspired me when I was doing the Determined to Succeed: Script to Stage Program.  She was the Head Mentor and always encouraged me to follow my dreams. Her words still stick with me today.

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

I first started in the YSF programs my senior year of high school when I mentored students at Jordan Middle School and that experience made me fall in love with the program. After that, I did the Determined to Succeed: Script to Stage program, then the NYFA Summer Camp and the Movie Makers Boot Camp at Sony.

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

The last script I mentored was about a girl who hates her name and wishes to change it but in the end learns to accept it.

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

I think the final meeting always stands out to me with each program. The way the kids get so happy when they realize how far they have come in such a short amount of time.

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

I gained so much from that experience. the chance to experience so many different sides of film was amazing and eye opening.  Though at times it got stressful, it allowed me to really see things from a new perspective. I also learned so much from the classes that I started writing my own scripts.

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

It did, I now write my own scripts and knowing the basics of how a camera works encourages me to hopefully one day bring my scripts to life.

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?

It is all a learning experience and make the most of it. Learn as much as you can and have as much fun as you can. Take the opportunity to meet new people and build friendships.

What do you want to pursue after you finish school?

I am not completely sure but I am taking a film class in college, we’ll see where it all goes.

What is your favorite movie? Why?

It is constantly changing but I really enjoy the movie The Art of Getting By. It really made me think and I enjoy movies like that. Also some of the camera angles were amazing in the film.

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Give the Gift of Storytelling with our Holiday Card! http://www.youngstorytellers.com/holidaycard2014/ http://www.youngstorytellers.com/holidaycard2014/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:57:12 +0000 http://www.youngstorytellers.com/?p=4435 Available for pre-order now, this year’s holiday card features select Young Storytellers from the more than 1000 brilliant writers who wrote original scripts with YSF this year.

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Available for pre-order now, this year’s holiday card features select Young Storytellers from the more than 1000 brilliant writers who wrote original scripts with YSF this year.

The interior of the card reads:

Our students. No two alike. 

Thank you for helping us bring these individual voices to life.

Happy Holidays.

Additionally, there is a short description of Young Storytellers on the back. Cards are $5 each or $35 for a pack of ten. Plus you can always make it into a charitable gift by adding to that donation if you’d like.

For orders larger than 100 cards, please contact us.


 

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Now Accepting 2015 Movie Makers Internship Applications! http://www.youngstorytellers.com/now-accepting-2015-movie-makers-internship-applications/ http://www.youngstorytellers.com/now-accepting-2015-movie-makers-internship-applications/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 22:18:34 +0000 http://www.youngstorytellers.com/?p=4420 The Young Storytellers Foundation is accepting applications for our 2015 Spring internship for the Movie Makers Program. Application deadline is November 21st, 2014.

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The Young Storytellers Foundation is accepting applications for our 2015 Spring internship for the Movie Makers Program. Application deadline is November 21st, 2014.

Spring interns will support the Program Director in:
– Recruiting High School Mentors
– Confirming schedules and reminding students and families.
– Participate as a mentor at one of our Middle School program (we are in 6 schools all over LA).
– Some data entry of student info
– A minimum of 8-12 hours a week (Flexible hours and able to offer more)

Requirements:
– Interns must be current college students (undergrad, grad or community college)
– Spanish – English bilingual students are highly encouraged to apply
– Interns must have access to a car
– Interns will be required to complete an application and pass a background check
– Interns should have basic and working knowledge of Word/Excel/Google docs
– Interns should have a passion for Arts Education and serving children in the community
– Interns must be reliable and on time.
– Above all other skills, we are looking for an intern who is passionate, self-reliant, and hard-working. We care much more about the soft skills than your ability to manage a spreadsheet. We are happy to develop your office proficiency, as long as you show up on time, with an enthusiastic attitude.

Ideal Candidate:

The ideal candidate for this position will be someone with a passion for empowering kids. An emphasis in the field of education, non profit orgs, creative writing, filmmaking, social work, or performing arts is a plus. The intern must have a car, as he or she will be assisting in coordinating and producing the screenings and visiting schools all over the city (mileage will be reimbursed).

This is a great opportunity for students to learn about our non profit from the inside and to see what it takes to make a difference in Los Angeles communities. We will of course be happy to offer any credit and evaluation in return.

Contact:

Any suited and interested students can email laura@youngstorytellers.com. Please include a short paragraph explaining why you are interested, and a resume.

About us:
The Young Storytellers Foundation develops literacy through the art of storytelling. Using group exercises and one-on-one mentoring, we provide under-served 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.

About Movie Makers:

Movie Makers is a writing and film production after-school program for Middle School students culminating in a screening of student produced films. Over two semesters, the Movie Makers will create a short film in pairs using the 3-2-1 exercise (3 pages, 2 actors, 1 location). Movie Makers will guide students through the production of their film by using group activities, high school mentors, professional mentors, and hands-on experience. Professional actors will perform in the films, while the students act as directors and cinematographers. The 22 week program will culminate in both a screening for family and friends, as well as the creation of a trailer for the film that the students will pitch to industry producers.The Movie Makers program incorporates the curriculum of the Script to Stage program, reinforcing grade 6, 7 and 8 language arts standards. High school students join adults and act as mentors, which teaches peer mentorship and reinforces the principles of YSF’s Script to Stage program and Movie Makers for high school alumni. For more info and to watch a short documentary on the program, visit www.youngstorytellers.com/moviemakers.

 

 

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Our programs celebrate the imagination of every child… http://www.youngstorytellers.com/programs/ http://www.youngstorytellers.com/programs/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 21:14:44 +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, 10 Nov 2014 19:18:47 +0000 http://www.youngstorytellers.com/?p=898 . . . more]]> . . . more]]> http://www.youngstorytellers.com/what-we-do/feed/ 0