“I remember that night when you called me and said... I need help.”
Gloria Flores, a student at Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools in Washington, D.C., talks to her friend and fellow classmate Joseline Mejicanos, about how she went from struggling to learn English to becoming a straight A student.Recorded in Washington, D.C.
“I never really told you this, but I watched you.”
Erick Flores and Norman Bethea, students at Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools in Washington, D.C, discuss how they provide inspiration for one another.Recorded in Washington, D.C.
“My dreams for you are to be whatever you want to be.”
Chanel Martin, a student at Citizen Schools in the Bronx, NY, interviews her aunt, Stephanie Polanco, about growing up, regrets, and Stephanie's dreams for her niece.Recorded in Bronx, NY.
“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 their relationship and his dreams for her future.Recorded in Washington, D.C.
“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 bullied in middle school, and talks about what his life is like now.Recorded in Brooklyn, NY.
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The work on these pages is done by students who participate in the StoryCorpsU College Readiness program. The program is divided into 3 units: “Who We Are,” “Where We’re From,” and “Where We’re Going,” and throughout the school year, students make their own recordings, focusing on their family histories, how they see themselves, and who they hope to become. Students also conduct interviews with peers, teachers and family members.
Most of this student work is done via VoiceThread, a website that allows students to make recordings using a telephone, microphone or webcam.