What We Do
A mission rooted in the power of story.
Our Mission & Vision
Young Storytellers sparks creative self-discovery through storytelling. Our programs highlight young people as the center of their own narratives, emphasize that their stories matter, and celebrate their unique voices as the ones telling them.
In elementary school, we use storytelling to help young people explore their creativity and imagination. In middle school, we use storytelling to explore their goals for the future and what challenges might stand in their way. In high school, we use storytelling to explore the impact their voice can have in their community - and, more broadly, the world.
Young Storytellers works towards a future where young people experience the impact that their thoughts, feelings, and words can have on the world in which they live. Our programs act as a tool to convene the necessary elements in any community to facilitate connection between young people, the general population, and the schools that act as a central hub of growth and activity.
We raise voices, one story at a time.
Script to Stage
STORYTELLING TO EXPLORE CREATIVITY AND IMAGINATION.
This semester-long, Common Core-aligned elementary school program places students with an adult mentor one-on-one to write scripts that are entirely their own, then actors perform those for the students and their peers live at an assembly.
95% of teachers noticed an improvement in the writing skills of their students.
Day of Story
STORYTELLING TO GROW EXCITEMENT AND CONNECTION.
A condensed version of the Script to Stage program, Day of Story is a one-day, in-school workshop that pairs mentors one-on-one with 4th grade students to help them create their own story outline along with a descriptive poster.
Young Storytellers has run Day of Story workshops with variable sizes of groups (anywhere from 20-100 adult mentors), with corporations such as Disney, U.S. Bank, and Verve. Contact us if you and your team want to take part!
91% of students are more confident in sharing their creative ideas.
WB Story Lab
STORYTELLING AND WRITING TO SUPPORT SELF-EXPLORATION.
WB Story Lab, developed in partnership with Warner Bros. and LAUSD’s Arts Education Branch and Division of Instruction, delivers original curriculum to sixth-grade middle school students that focuses on core storytelling skills while reinforcing confidence, empathy, and personal voice through self-reflection and creativity. Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment lent the use of its DC Super Heroes as a tool to get students to think about heroes in their lives and their own “superpowers.”
Teachers reported that their students showed more mutual respect and understanding for their classmates.
Middle School Monologues
STORYTELLING TO UNDERSTAND GOALS AND NAVIGATE OBSTACLES.
A mixture of adult mentorship and collective exploration, students in our middle school program work collaboratively with a group mentor to create monologues about challenges they face and then work with actors who later perform those pieces.
80% of students felt that the program helped them consider the feelings and views of others.
High School PSAs
STORYTELLING TO EXPLORE ISSUES AND IMPACT.
Students in our high school program write public service announcements (or PSA scripts) in groups to address an important issue facing their self-identified communities. We then bring in actors - you guessed it - to perform their work.
96% of students better understood how to influence people using different modes of persuasion.