People often ask us Facilitators if only grandparents with lives full of stories are allowed to record a StoryCorps conversation. Not at all! In Tucson, for example, we recorded interviews in cooperation with high schools and after school programs. Listening to these conversations was a reminder of how interesting it is to hear the thoughts of people of all ages.
Sabir was interviewed by his friend and teacher Josh. Sabir is a refugee from Kenya and he talked about his dreams of working for the United Nations as a conflict mediator in refugee camps and war zones. His own life experiences have given him the inspiration to work on behalf of people that have suffered through similar traumas.
Ace, Donna, Priscilla, and Zack discussed parenthood and the concept of being cool. Ace commented, “I am so scared my children are going to inherit my un-coolness, I’ll wake up one morning and they will have sinus problems and sweater vests.”
Two best friends, Amani and Balamani, came in to talk about their perfect date, “a romantic trip to the Olive Garden, then dancing. ”
So as a message to the young and the old, you are welcome at StoryCorps!