Empowerment Initatives

Storytelling is not just about entertainment. It is also about amplifying marginalized voices, fostering connections and compassion, building capacity and strength, and actively working to create a better world. Explore our initiatives below which are working toward these goals. 

Empowerment Initatives

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Stories for Change

Stories for Change is a youth empowerment initiative from the International Storytelling Center. Through a series of educational and motivational—and fun!—workshops, kids get the opportunity to tap into the power of storytelling.

Shero’s Journey Day Camp

Shero’s Journey is part of our Stories for Change programming, a series of youth initiatives from the International Storytelling Center.

Young Appalachian Story Summit

The Young Appalachian Story Summit is a young adult-led event that focuses on a critical issue: how young adults can use storytelling as a leadership tool to create Appalachia’s future.

Freedom Stories

Freedom Stories: Unearthing the Black Heritage of Appalachia is an ongoing series that marries performance and discussion, connecting prominent Black storytellers, humanities scholars, and community leaders with the public to trace this rich history and highlight the role that face-to-face storytelling has played in both African and Appalachian experience.

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