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Storytelling Arts Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Education, Educational Services, Theater

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.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Julie from Storytelling Arts, Inc. just performed at our elementary school, and she was wonderful! She performed two programs, one for pre-k to second graders, and one for third to fifth graders. Each program was tailored for the appropriate age group, and the children loved her! I would recommend Julie and Storytelling Arts, Inc. for any elementary school!

Laurie D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our school participated in a residency with Storytelling Arts. During that time, we had the benefit of professional storytellers for multiple classroom visits with specific classes of students. Students were introduced to the art of storytelling and as a result cultivated a deeper appreciation for literature. I was impressed by the improvement we noted in verbal and nonverbal skills as the students participated in carefully constructed story related activities. Also, the residencies were tailored to fit the curriculum standards and unique needs of the classroom of students.

1 Joyce Z.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended an event sponsored by Storytelling Arts. It was a great opportunity to learn more about this incredible organization and the student populations they serve. As I listened to the folk tales and myths told by their storytellers I began to realize how important such an opportunity is for our at-risk youth who will certainly be able to recognize stories from their own lives as they are engaged in listening and discussing with the storytellers. The programs of Storytelling Arts can be tied to poetry, reading, and creative writing. What a wonderful way to reach our youth and improve literacy!


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've seen unreachable kids react to the storytellers brought into youth detention centers and special ed classrooms. SAI's programs are uniquely effective at boosting literacy, social skills, and self esteem in at-risk youth.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was able to experience some of what the professionals of Storytelling Arts can do in action during their "Girl Power" time at the Bridge To The Arts summer camp where I was also a counselor. Under the direction of two master storytellers and teaching artists, the GIRL POWER campers brought stories to life through visual art, photography, and poetry writing. "Girl Power" provided girls ages 11 - 13 with the ability to shine as storytellers, while developing confidence and creativity. The campers came away with more confidence in their abilities to not only tell stories, but also interact with others in general.