Mission: Young Storytellers engages creativity through the art of storytelling. Using the timeless techniques of mentoring, collaboration, and performance we provide public school students with an opportunity to write stories and see them brought to life on stage or on film. Our mission is to inspire young people to discover the power of their own voice.
Results: Our mission is simple: we inspire young people to discover the power of their voice.
Using one-on-one mentorship, low-income students learn how to write original stories and see them brought to life on stage and film. Thanks to thousands of volunteer mentors, actors, and professional teaching artists, we serve more than 50 public schools in Los Angeles and New York City, serving 1,000 students in elementary, middle, and high school each year.
As a result, young people learn that their voice matters.
Target demographics: low-income and at-risk youth between 10 and 18 years old
Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 1000 students receive our programs
Geographic areas served: Los Angeles and New York City
Programs: Our programs develop literacy through the art of storytelling. Using group exercises and one-on-one mentoring, we provide underserved children in the public school system an opportunity to write stories and see them brought to life through live performance or film. Our mission is to inspire children to discover the power of their own voice.
The goal of the Young Storytellers Foundation is simple- give children in urban LA public schools the freedom to be creative. We, as artists, actors, writers and directors, all live and thrive in LA. So it only makes sense that we give back to our community with our talents. And yet we don't teach storytelling or the 3-act arch of screenwriting. We just let the children write without judgment, and we often find that they are super talented, their stories are compelling and funny, and their confidence soars. So, in effect, the Young Storytellers Foundation is about instilling confidence through the art of writing. And it works!