The world that young people operate in today is more complex, economically competitive, and interconnected than at any other time in human history. To ensure that students are fully prepared to meet the demands of the 21st Century, we believe that the academic knowledge that schools impart must be matched by a commitment to developing social and emotional skills and competencies. Through a creative storytelling program that engages youth at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, our organization offers a Common Core-aligned, scaling curriculum to address targeted needs in public education.
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is multifaceted and often difficult to teach in traditional classroom settings, but is without question essential to developing a young person’s ability to recognize and manage emotions, build relationships, solve interpersonal problems, and make effective and ethical decisions. The arts, which engage multiple learning modalities and are uniquely powerful when applied to SEL goals, are chronically underfunded and often the first to be cut when budgets tighten. Young Storytellers programming is designed to act as a tool for educators to more deeply engage students who might be struggling or could use the extra attention a one-on-one mentor provides. We use the arts - specifically creative writing and live performance - as a way for young people to develop themselves.