Stories from StoryCorpsU Students
“You told me when you were seven years old that you were going to be a lawyer...”
Kyla Goodman, a student at Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools in Washington, D.C., interviews her father, Toby Goodman, about ...
“I was told by the doctor that I was almost paralyzed.”
Jonathan Villafane, a student at the Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice in Brooklyn, NY, remembers his experience being ...
Our educational program, StoryCorpsU, is a year-long youth development program for high-needs high schools. StoryCorpsU uses StoryCorps broadcasts and animated shorts to support the development of identity and social intelligence in students, while strengthening school relationships. StoryCorps U debuted in 2011 in two Brooklyn high schools and is now operating in 4 different cities. Ongoing evaluation by the Harvard Graduate School of Education has proven extremely encouraging. With your support, we can expand StoryCorps U’s reach and continue to support these students’ growth and achievements.
The program was first piloted in New York City in the 2009-10 school year and is currently being implemented in 42 classrooms in four cities, Chicago, New York City, St. Louis and Washington DC, as part of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate, Let’s Make it Happen initiative.
Download the StoryCorpsU Program Summary.
From a Partner
“The experience I had working with StoryCorps is something that words cannot convey. StoryCorps gave my students a platform not only to find their voice, but to let that voice be shaped by the words, history, and experiences of their loved ones. By sharing their interviews, these young men became more confident in themselves, more empathetic towards their peers, and more united as a group.”
Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice
Last month, StoryCorps traveled to the Philadelphia Folklore Project to record the stories of a group of students who were victims of targeted attacks.