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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.

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Rating: 4

I first learned about Storytelling Arts through friends about 8 years ago, and before long began helping to sponsor a number of their friend-raising and fundraising events. SAI's dedicated troupe of storytellers are remarkable performers who not only promote literacy among children of all backgrounds, but open the door to a wide world of cultures, traditions.... and timeless truths. Best of all, the programs introduce young people -- including many who are disadvantaged -- to powerful new ways of self-expression and learning that can have a lasting impact. SAI is not like any other non-profit I know; its work is exciting and special and I encourage others to learn more about its mission.