Update: We are now accepting applications for schools to bring StoryCorpsU to the classroom for the 2017/2018 school year. If you are interested in becoming an SCU partner for the 2017/2018 school year, please be advised that we have a limited number of openings and a fee is involved. We encourage you to complete an application that can be found here as soon as possible.
Maybe you have seen the stories on our website from teenagers sharing personal stories of their lives: discussing their struggles with social anxiety, recounting the difficulties of arriving in the United States and attempting to assimilate into their new schools, living with the burdens of having family members facing deportation, remembering former teachers who have had positive impacts on their lives, or discussing their desires to establish themselves as role models for men in their communities.
All of these stories are products of StoryCorpsU (SCU), our year-long, cross-disciplinary (language arts, media, history), youth development program that utilizes StoryCorps materials to assist 9th- and 10th-grade students—and other youth—in achieving positive life outcomes. Employing Common Core Standards, SCU launched four years ago with both students and teachers rating it as “extremely valuable,” often saying it has helped change the culture of their school into one that is more understanding and tolerant.
StoryCorpsU features StoryCorps’ interviewing techniques—combined with audio stories and animated shorts—to support students in the development of identity and in drawing connections between their unique strengths and the college application process, and in developing stronger relationships among students and teachers as a support for academic performance. StoryCorpsU is a 29-lesson curriculum.
In 2017, we are piloting an online, blended-learning approach to the curriculum and teacher training that will be available broadly to schools for the 2017/2018 school year.
If you and your school enjoyed taking part in The Great Thanksgiving Listen, StoryCorpsU offers an opportunity for increased engagement within classrooms, among students and teachers. Take a peek at the lesson plans here.