Mission: Storytelling Arts' mission is to impart stories and storytelling to help students connect learning with life skills.
Results: Served over 28,000 children and over 70 long-term program sites since 1996.
Target demographics: Children and youth aged pre-K to adulthood. Programs are specifically effective at reaching those at risk due to learning disabilities, living below the poverty line or learning English as a second language.
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 195 educators develop storytelling skills for their classroom and worked with over 1,000 at-risk children and youth on developing literacy and communication skills
Geographic areas served: New Jersey
Programs: A sample of SAI projects include:
Alexander Hamilton Academy - project designed to work with Pre-K, 4th, 5th and 6th grade students on literacy and communication skills as well as their teachers on Professional Development.
Morris County Youth Facilities - Storytelling, discussion and writing with residents of the youth detention center and shelter.
Boys and Girls Club of Hudson County - A program that will introduce concepts of character education in assemblies (motivational speaking sessions) for the entire population of the club including assemblies and workshops for children, staff and parents.
Recently I was pleased to work with and advise selected members of the Storytelling Arts Board as they engaged in the necessary and fulfilling work of developing a new strategic plan. It was a terrific experience which allowed us all to capture the mission, vision, commitment and excitement of the organization. Teachers and parents should know that committed volunteers are focused on the meaningful work of Storytelling Arts and committed to this non profit's future.