The Story Project

Rating: 4.75 stars   4 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth

Location: 8559 Higuera St. Suite A Culver City CA 90232 USA

Mission: All students are not created equal and today’s school systems are ill equipped to inspire their diverse student body. Employing the media-arts as our tool of choice, The Story Project’s mission is to further communication and literacy skills by fostering imagination through the power story and narrative storytelling.
Results: Since 1998 we have empowered and inspired thousands of kids, families and communities by strengthening reading and writing skills while providing tools for kids to further express themselves.
Target demographics: TSP primarily works with at-risk and under served middle school students though we have been known to venture into high schools. Since more privileged communities have recently expressed interest in our curricula TSP may venture out to these students in the very near future.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Students, without question.
Geographic areas served: At-Risk and Under Served Communities
Programs: Filmmaking (fiction and non), playwriting, photography, poetry, spoken word, board games, murals, etc.
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Rating: 5 stars  

After reading about The Story Project in a brochure, I was very eager to get involved. I called and spoke with the director Todd Felderstein who welcomed me into an amazing program at The Boys and Girls Club of Burbank, CA. Over the next few months, I met every Wednesday afternoon with a group of awesome 6th graders and an incredibly warm and professional writer/director who led the group from concept phase to film production.These young people were incredible leaders and listeners. They were empowered every step of the way and Glen (the writer/directer) honored their decision-making abilities and creativity. I had so much fun connecting with this incredible team. I look forward to participating in future projects!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my time spent with leaders from the organization and students who have participated in it. I've personally experienced the community of creativity, warmth, and team effort.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hope The Story Project can become even more prevalent and keep reaching as many kids as possible.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I work for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area at Gus Garcia Middle School, where we utilized The Story Project during our after school program for about a year. I was always impressed with the instructor's preparation and enthusiasm for the projects at hand. The program really allowed for students to express themselves through writing and art, an opportunity not afforded to kids in this community very often. Students learned first hand from professional artists how to express themselves, and were given concrete projects to work towards.



Seeing the kid's beam with pride after showing off some of their work was the best final product any adult in my position could ask for. I would not hesitate to recommend The Story Project to any organization or school looking for avenues to expose their students to the profession/interest area of "Story Making".



I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Their inclusion into our after school program.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase the focus on recruitment

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

"During a 6 week summer program, The Story Project gave an amazing opportunity to 18 Howard County Middle School students to explore the world of writing through their own creative eye. By the middle of July, these children were hard at work as a team, defining what the theme of the problem was going to be in their Story Project. Within their unified effort, they identified the characters, blocked each act, and worked on props and costumes. It was a thrill to be involved in this empowering experience for these children and to see the excitement in their eyes as they shared their final production of their plays in front of their family and friends." Julie Egert Site Project Coordinator

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

empower at risk middle school students throughout our nation

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I am the Teacher librarian at Mark Twain Middle School in Los Angeles and I have been fortunate enough to collaborate with the kind folks of The Story Project for over a year. The lives of many of our students have been greatly enriched by The Story Project and their mentors. Many of our children are English language learners, but they were able to interact with experts (often celebrities) from the entertainment field who helped the students create a professional quality movie. The interactions and experience that The Story Project provided for our kids will stay with them for a life time. I saw Todd and Bethany bring out the confident author in the most insecure boys and girls. It was often moving. The Story Project is now a celebrated part of our school community. Long Live TSP!!! -Mr. Clifton Winnard

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The poems, stories and laughter of the kids mentored by TSP.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I've enjoyed watching the confidence build in the students through the TSP activities.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Qualified,creative, motivated, patient, professionals

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Greatly improve the lives and literacy of the underserved, but deserving kids of America.

Ways to make it better...

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In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Financial

One thing I'd also say is that...

Help TSP out as much as you can. They really make a difference in kids' education and creative lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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