Mission, Vision, Values

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 and film production. At the core of our programming are thousands of adult volunteers who donate their time to mentor individual students and perform their works on stage. Our mission is to inspire children to discover the power of their own voice.


At Young Storytellers, we hold these core values to be true.

  • Community – We believe caring mentors positively influence young people through engagement, confidence, and achievement.
  • Creativity  – We believe in building on the inherent strengths of young people. They are individuals; each possessing a uniquely creative point of view.
  • Empowerment – We believe in empowering young people by validating their ideas and celebrating the power of their creative voice.
  • Access – we believe young people, regardless of background, deserve equal access to creative exploration.
  • Play – We believe young people need meaningful play in order to fully engage with learning.


How We’re Changing Tomorrow

“When I follow the breadcrumbs back to source of all this, I always think of the Young Storytellers Foundation, and the way they gave me the power of voice. I couldn’t be more grateful to the foundation for what they do, and I look forward to seeing how their programs evolve in the future, to introduce even more young people to the arts.” 

— Eliana Pipes, YSF Alum, Columbia University, Class of 2018

“Through my experience in this program as a fifth grader, I learned that other people valued my ideas and what I had to say. This realization has been instrumental in my success as a student and as a human being in general.”

Stephanie Rodriguez, YSF Alum, UCLA, Class of 2018

“I felt an achievement. It made me confident in writing and ever since then I’ve loved writing stories and essays. I’ve been in honors English classes, AP English classes. Going into college I have confidence in what I’m doing.” 

— Jenny Gonzalez, YSF Alum, Cal State Northridge

 “To have someone come in and value my ideas and creativity mid-process was important. Otherwise I don’t know that I would have allowed myself the patience to get those things out.” 

— Marushka Mujic, YSF Alum, NYU

“It gave me a chance to tap into my full creative potential.” 

— Dominic McDonald, YSF Alum, Cal State Long Beach, Class of 2013

YSF sees a tomorrow where all children are given the opportunity to advance academically, to undergo a process of discovery where they can find a part of themselves that can succeed and excel.

YSF sees a tomorrow with higher rates of high school graduation and matriculation to college.

YSF sees a tomorrow where children can express themselves with words instead of violence.

YSF sees a tomorrow where no matter where you go to school, be it the most affluent private academy or a public school in Inglewood, you are given the tools and opportunities to succeed.

With your help, we can make change, and see that tomorrow… tomorrow.