A Youth Storytelling Workshop in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco
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Boys & Girls Club of SF Photographer: Dean Ichikawa
Storytelling Great ideas can transform the world. For
centuries, the best way to communicate world-changing ideas has
been through stories.
Imagine Youre a 15-year-old youth in the city of San
Franciscobut you dont have the support you need at home
Your parents work not one, but two jobs to provide for the
family. They rely on you at home to help feed and care for your
younger brother and sister.
Imagine, you will be the first member of your family to go to
college. So, youve taken the most advanced classes you can to do
well, but the kids in those classes are different from you.
What will you do to build confidence and succeed in passing
those courses and getting into a great college and eventually
landing a great job?
What if Storytelling could support your success? Storytelling
is a skill that helps foster young peoples character, personal
growth and leadership qualities. It also helps them deliver more
effective job and academic interviews.
A new workshop So, we went out and designed a workshop for the
youth at the Boys & Girls Club to help them tell their
The first part of our project On Friday, February 28th, we
spent time with the leaders at the Boys & Girls Club of SF. We
invested in their development to help lead storytelling workshops
at the Club.
Jonah Sachs Jonah kicked off our workshop. Hes a world renowned
storyteller, entrepreneur and is the CEO of Free Range. Jonah told
us the incredible story of his grandfather, who was awarded a
bronze star in WWII.
The Heros Journey Jonah walked us through the three parts of
all great stories.
Act 1: The Hero Setup Identify the environment, people and
flaws from where the hero begins Introduce unfulfilled goals and
begin building a turning point (call to adventure) Use your
Act 2: The Hero Encounters Roadblocks Identify roadblocks that
may prevent the hero from achieving his/her goals Begin thinking
about how the hero can overcome roadblocks Use your hero as an
Act 3: Emerge Transformed Introduce the concept of
transformation Identify ways the hero overcame roadblocks and
fulfilled goals Use your hero as an example
Cherie Carter Cherie is the Director of CoachArt, which is
non-profit organization helping kids with chronic and
life-threatening illnesses. Cherie walked us through a Visual Life
Map that one of the kids in the CoachArt program designed.
After the overview of what great stories look like, we divided
into groups to create our own stories.
We developed characters and their story.
We learned a lot about one another and had some fun.
In the village of OTeng, in China, lived a little girl, named
Yow Cheng, who like every women of stature had her feet bound at an
early age as a symbol of daintiness. At the age of 5, however, she
rebelled and refused to have her feet bound. She became an outcast
in the family and the village. However, one day there was fire in
the attic and the only person who could climb the ladder to save
the ancestral home was Yow Cheng. Since that day, she got the
respect from her family, her peers and was empowered to accomplish
amazing things, her own way and live the life shes chosen for
We will roll this program out to many of the youth at Boys
& Girls Club of SF in a series of workshops throughout the
year. Next Play
Natasha Alani Natasha is a Director at the Boys & Girls
Club. I called her one morning in January with this idea. She
embraced it and was central to pulling this program together.
Thanks to the folks at Boys & Girls Club of SF. Your work
inspires us. Thank you for joining us for our first youth
Special Thanks Natasha Alani and the team at the Boys &
Girls Club of SF Jonah Sachs, CEO of Free Range Laura Wall Klieves,
VP Academy and Marketing, Duarte Cherie Carter, Director, CoachArt
LinkedIn for Good for your generosity LinkedIn Team members Aurelia
Setton, Michelle Kloberdanz, Jill Sida, Shannon Kato, Jordan Wolf,
Rajon Tumbokon, Dean Ichikawa, Kayla Rosen, Brett Wallace