Attention class! We Are StoryCorps has an exciting announcement to make. (You might want to take notes on this one–it may be on the test later). Introducing StoryCorpsU.org–the brand new website for our youth development program, StoryCorpsU!
On StoryCorpsU.org, you will find student produced content that gives a bird’s eye view into the classrooms and lives of students across the country. At the same time, the site acts as a great resource for the students to view their own hard work, as well as that of their peers. Also featured on the site are unique lesson plans about identity, history, and culture, featuring select broadcasts and animations produced by StoryCorps.
StoryCorpsU (SCU) is an interactive, year-long youth development program for high-need schools. The program uses StoryCorps interview techniques, radio broadcasts and animated shorts, to support the development of identity and social intelligence in students. Through the course of the year, the kids get to record and share their own stories about where they’re from, who they are, and where they are going. StoryCorpsU is currently working with schools in 4 major cities: New York, NY, St. Louis, MO, Chicago, IL, and Washington, D.C.
We’ve found that SCU is also an especially powerful tool for strengthening school relationships–a key factor in academic achievement. The program enables students to see their teachers as interested in not only their learning, but who they are as individuals as well.
As our students share stories among their teachers, families, and fellow students, real human connections are established and this plays an important role in high school completion.
SCU benefits educators as well. In a third-party evaluation conducted by the Harvard Graduate School of Education for the 2012-2013 school year, teachers reported that they, themselves, knew their students better, were more effective teaching diverse students, and were more interested in their students.