StoryCorps Atlanta had the pleasure of hosting students from Girls Inc., a national youth leadership organization dedicated to providing girls a safe space and after-school activities. Girls Inc. of Greater Atlanta serves over 3,000 girls, aged six to eighteen, with outreach programs, after-school and summer camp programs, and community partnerships throughout the metro area. Their mission: to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.
Three middle school students embodying these qualities visited our recording booth for the first time. In addition to helping our visitors record stories, StoryCorps volunteer Amelia Bower and I led the girls in listening and storytelling games and gave them a tour of the WABE/PBA studios to meet the staff and learn how public radio and television work. Although uncertain about what to expect, the girls jumped into recording with enthusiasm and curiosity.
Carla Malone used her time in the booth to talk about building clubhouses with friends in her neighborhood. She said the best thing about being in the booth was “talking in the microphone and sharing how you feel,” and Megan Quiller agreed. “I’m honestly coming back and bringing my sister,” Megan said. “Interviewing Carla and how she interviewed me reminded me of how I like to share stories with my sister, and it is so much fun.” For Megan, the importance of StoryCorps is to “have a memory for your children or their children and have them look back and know something about you.”
Cierra Currin, another Girls Inc. participant, had this to say about her interview experience: “StoryCorps is very fun, and if you’re nervous, don’t be because it’s fun, and it’s a good way to get to know something about someone. I’m sure I’ll come back with my mom and stepdad.”