STORYTELLING ARTS INC

Rating: 4.83 stars   18 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Education

Location: PO Box 995 Princeton Junction NJ 08550 USA

Mission: Storytelling Arts' mission is to preserve, promote and impart the living art of storytelling to develop literacy, strengthen communities, and nurture the human spirit.
Results: Served over 23,000 children and over 60 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.
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EIN 22-3473712
609-430-1922
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Rating: 5 stars  

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I've been on the board about a year and a half, and I have come to really appreciate and admire the resolve and commitment of the board, as well as the talent and dedication of our storytellers, to deliver impactful and transformative experiences in improving literacy and effective communication skills. This past summer, I observed one of our experienced storytellers working with 5-to-6-year-old children of mixed genders during a summer camp program in West Windsor, NJ. She effectively led the group, responding to a variety of different levels of attention and engagement. Her planned program was also well thought out to encourage participation -- not just passive listening to stories, but active engagement in sharing their feelings, stimulating their imagination, and encouraging them to contribute to the overall experience of the session. She always made sure that even the most shy in the group had an opportunity to participate. I am very proud of our organization and look forward to its continued growth and success!

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I've been involved with Storytelling Arts for a decade. I am also a secondary school teacher. I've twice participated in summer institutes. What I've seen in classrooms -- those of our tellers and my own-- is that this is as close to a magical teaching/learning method as there is. I once watched a fourth grader -- one of those kids who never gets it right-- stand in front of his class and tell the story of Mulan with absolute confidence. I've seen teachers who were all but burnt out come back to life in the supportive, fun, intellectually exciting atmosphere of the summer institute. Storytelling Arts is, literally, a life saver.

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Literacy is to success as breathing is to life. Too often we take literacy for granted. Imagine a tested, proven program that engages 100% of students and increases their effectiveness in paying attention, comprehension, recall and telling, and critical thinking. Storytelling Arts does all this. Imagine the child who rarely speaks and can now tell a story confidently. Imagine a program where students and teachers cry tears of joy as a result of unleashing their potential -- just in a few classroom visits! What would it be like if the greatness in each child was awakened so they could tap into their abilities and soar? This program is experiential, first-class and its results proven and sustainable. Thank you Storytelling Arts for the difference you make in the world.

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Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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