Storytellers for Change

Storytellers for Change

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Our staff, along with some board members and community friends, took a day this week for an excellent, insightful training by Luis Ortega of Storytellers for Change, a group committed to practicing radical empathy, inspiring through storytelling, training the next generation of storytellers for change, and building an empathetic, inclusive, and equitable world.
In case you missed our League of Education Voters webinar - A statewide panel of Latino leaders discuss which #COVID investments need to be made, what the recovery process should look like, and what we need as we head back to in-person learning. Watch now. https://youtu.be/g8mpoKGa9L4 Para Los Niños Storytellers for Change Gonzaga University
Free League of Education Voters webinar Thursday 6/3 - A statewide panel of Latino leaders discuss which #COVID investments need to be made, what the recovery process should look like, and what we need as we head back to in-person learning. Register now. http://ow.ly/o4zI50EZFJO Gonzaga University Storytellers for Change Para Los Niños
SVCN's Be the Change Summit (which will be a series of conversations for people of all ages this year) is going virtual starting in July. We are inviting older teens (high school/young adult) to participate as facilitators alongside our main facilitator, Luis Ortega from Storytellers for Change.

If you know a teen or young adult who would be interested, please share this link to the upcoming training on June 25. More information about the whole series is also available at the link.

Thank you!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/110167678492
King County’s juvenile detention numbers have gone down since the COVID-19 pandemic, but there is more that can be done! In June, we joined a coalition of over 40 community organizations and leaders, including elected officials, in co-writing a follow-up letter to the King County Council calling for more action to release, with supports, the approximately 30 youth incarcerated in the county detention center, most of whom are awaiting the outcome of their cases. #FreeOurYouth

Choose 180, Community Passageways, Creative Justice, ACLU of Washington, Columbia Legal Services, Legal Counsel for Youth and Children, Seattle Community Police Commission, Freedom Project WA, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Glover Empower Mentoring, YouthCare, Mothers for Police Accountability, Books to Prisoners, Undoing Institutional Racism Collaborative, Treehouse, Youth-Chaplaincy-Coalition, Chief Seattle Club, SafeFutures Youth Center, Storytellers for Change, Workforce Foundation, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, Washington Defender Association, The IF Project, South King County Discipline Coalition, La Resistencia, Parisol // Pacific Rim Solidarity Network, APICAG//Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Awareness Group, Formerly Incarcerated Group Healing Together, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The People's Assembly, National Lawyers Guild Seattle, Birth Beyond Bars, Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP), Defender Initiative - Seattle University, Incarcerated Mother’s Advocacy Project, The Korematsu Center, University Unitarian Church Racial Justice Team, King County Department of Public Defense

https://teamchild.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Free-the-Youth-King-County-Letter-from-Community-Coalition-June-12-2020.pdf
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We invite all story-tellers to join Afifi Durr at the Seattle Arab Festival. Afifi is with the Story Tellers Guild and is prepping for a big event 1001 Nights StoryTelling coming this May. She is inviting all to come and share their story (5-7 minutes)/

Come join her at her Story Telling workshop at the Arab Festival at the Seattle Center this Sunday July 16th at 3pm in the Armory Loft Conference Room #3.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to hear Luis Ortega at Edmonds Community College. He is a very inspirational storyteller. Thank you Luis for sharing your story and for empowering our community.

“The stories we tell can build an empathetic, inclusive, and equitable world.”

Operating as usual

Photos from Storytellers for Change's post 03/08/2022

We are excited to announce our next cohort member! Meet Iván (he/him/él), a connector, creative, cook, gardener, Spanish speaker, and lover of Mexico.

Iván Ramirez is the Director of Digital Experiences at Revolución Educativa Kansas City
(RevED KC) and the Latinx Education Collaborative (LEC). Iván is passionate about developing the leadership capacity of underrepresented students. His experience in the classroom ranges from teaching Pre-K to College. He is a champion of the Latino community with over ten years of experience in the field of education, mentoring, student activities, and leading community-building efforts to foster belonging. Iván is driven by his commitment to build an accessible and equitable education system for all students.

Follow Iván’s work at:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/iivanramirez/
https://www.instagram.com/iix.ram/
https://twitter.com/iixrami

The 2022 Storytellers Cohort Program is co-facilitated by Storytellers for Change and Ambassador Stories.

Photos from Storytellers for Change's post 03/03/2022

We are excited to introduce 2022 Storytellers Cohort member Merivet (she/her)! She is passionate learner, youth advocate, and communications strategist.

Merivet (she/her) is a Yakima resident, a first generation college graduate and a strong community and social services professional with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Communication from Central Washington University. Merivet is skilled in nonprofit organizations, youth program development and community outreach, with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization. She has worked on youth leadership activation, youth programming development and strategic planning in the Yakima Valley for more than 5 years. In the near future, Merivet will be pursuing a masters degree in communicaitons and she plans to continue advocating for educational equity.

Follow Merivet’s work at:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/merivet/

The 2022 Storytellers Cohort Program is co-facilitated by Storytellers for Change and Ambassador Stories.

Photos from Storytellers for Change's post 03/01/2022

Meet Pasifika Cultural Arts hype man, visual storyteller, and artist Va’eomatoka (he/him)! We are thrilled to welcome him to our 2022 Storytellers Cohort.

Va’eomatoka “Toka” Valu was born and raised in the South Pacific Islands of Tonga and migrated to the United States with his late mother in 1997. As an artist, his practice focuses on uplifting Pasifika cultural wisdom and emphasizing the necessity of making space for the brilliance of Pasifika Wisdom and Futurism. Today, Toka views his work as one of service to the Pasifika Community as Director of Communications & Arts Development at the Pacific Islander Community Association of Washington in addition to being on WA State’s Commission for Asian & Pacific American Affairs. He is proud of his Tongan heritage and his role as a youth advocate, community organizer, Tongan artist and Pasifika Arts enthusiast who lives in Seatac with his family.

Follow Toka’s work at:
www.picawa.org
@picawashington

The 2022 Storytellers Cohort Program is co-facilitated by Storytellers for Change and Ambassador Stories.

Photos from Storytellers for Change's post 02/24/2022

Meet 2022 Storyteller Cohort member Lish (she/they)! They are an educator, long-time facilitator, and (plant-based) cook.

Lish has worked in youth development since she was a teenager, working at summer camps and after-school care programs in her community. During high school, they became invested in creating opportunities for students of different backgrounds and experiences to engage in meaningful conversation together. This is where Lish’s passion for facilitation work began. Lish now works facilitating a program that educates young people around the world about the global water crisis and sustainable development practices.

Follow Lish at:
@lishamofisha

The 2022 Storytellers Cohort Program is co-facilitated by Storytellers for Change and Ambassador Stories.

Photos from Storytellers for Change's post 02/22/2022

We are honored to welcome Malik (he/him) to our 2022 Storytellers Cohort! He is an incredible poet, storyteller, and artist.

Born of Nigerian descent, Kilam T.A. is a Seattle native whose work merges his pragmatic thinking with a more energetic attitude with hints of hip-hop and pop culture influences. While many poems come off like a lecture, or someone airing out their grievances, Kilam’s poetry is a relationship. His work grapples the harsh realities of the world with caution, ferocity and honesty to inspire people and encourage open-minded thinking.

Follow Malik’s at:
Speakerthoughts.com
@kilamtelaviv

The 2022 Storytellers Cohort Program is co-facilitated by Storytellers for Change and Ambassador Stories.

Photos from Storytellers for Change's post 02/17/2022

Meet Melanie (she/her)! She is a passionate educator, entrepreneur, educator, and a member of our 2022 Storytellers Cohort.

Melanie Kong is a high school STEM Educator from Seattle, WA. As a former engineer, she is passionate about empowering teachers and students to solve problems in their communities and leads professional development for project-based learning, design thinking, and engineering education. She is co-founder and CEO of Floop, a feedback platform that helps teachers give feedback 4x faster and teaches students how to give, receive, and use feedback to learn.

Follow Melanie’s work at:
https://twitter.com/floopedu
http://floopedu.com/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/mjkong

The 2022 Storytellers Cohort Program is co-facilitated by Storytellers for Change and Ambassador Stories.

Photos from Storytellers for Change's post 02/16/2022

We are thrilled to kick off our 2022 Storytellers Cohort Spotlight series with Abari (she/her)!

Abari (she/her) is a South Sudanese-American, refugee rights advocate, social entrepreneur, and life-long learner. Her strong passion for the African community has led her to participate in the Miss Africa Washington state pageant, a research project with refugees in Uganda, and become the Program Manager for the campaign. In addition, she's also the co-founder of the Sudogirl mentorship program and a founding board member of the African Youth Coalition. Most recently, she also launched Niolette, a B Corporation focused on giving back to South Sudanese refugees. Abari believes that great work can be accomplished through a commitment to unity, passion, and thoughtful planning.

Follow Abari’s work at:
@abarivtheworld
https://abarivtheworld.square.site/

The 2022 Storytellers Cohort Program is co-facilitated by Storytellers for Change and Ambassador Stories.

Timeline photos 02/10/2022

“I am a Seattle artist, but first and foremost I am a Black woman. I create art because it is my favorite form of communication, my favorite form of self-expression, and my favorite form of activism. My goal is to make art committed to creating a space that enables Black girls and women to imagine a life beyond the confining structures in which we currently live. I want to provide a space for black girls and women to be empowered and uplifted, mind, body, and soul..” - Maya Milton

We met Maya (she/they) three years ago when we were curating an art show at the Gates Foundation Discovery Center. Her artwork immediately captivated our imagination and since then we’ve been looking forward to collaborating with her again.

We are thrilled Maya created this piece to celebrate the theme of Storytelling as a Practice of Freedom, which is at the core of our 2022 Storytellers Cohorts and upcoming workshops, events, and programs.

You can follow Maya’s work @21entities

Learn more at www.21entities.com/prints

01/11/2022

Through Positive Eyes: The Story Behind the Stories

This is a reminder for Through Positive Eyes: My Photo, My HIV Story at the Gates Foundation Discovery Center on January 13, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM PT

Join us and artivists Kelly, Julene, Bill and C.L. for this event as the exhibit comes to a close.

Register at the link.

Through Positive Eyes: The Story Behind the Stories Through Positive Eyes: The Story Behind the Stories.

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Storytelling for Changemakers: Identify, Craft & Share Your Story to Inspire Action. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. 01/07/2022

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Storytelling for Changemakers: Identify, Craft & Share Your Story to Inspire Action. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Upcoming Webinar 📣

What story are you seeking to tell in 2022?

To tell stories that create impact, we need to ensure we are engaging in nourishing, asset-based, and critical storytelling processes.

We created an online course and community to precisely facilitate this type of learning experience. We invite you to learn more about the Storytelling for Changemakers online course and community at our upcoming webinar on January 17th.

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Storytelling for Changemakers: Identify, Craft & Share Your Story to Inspire Action. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. In this webinar, we’ll introduce our new online course and community, Storytelling for Changemakers. We’ll discuss what inspired us to curate this project, the core content we cover in the course, and the benefits of joining a community of storytellers. Whether you are interested in developing y...

Storytelling for Changemakers 01/06/2022

Storytelling for Changemakers

New Year, New Story!

To welcome 2022, we are thrilled to launch the Storytelling for Changemakers online course and community.

We crafted this project to help changemakers like you harness the power of your story. Designed to guide you through an empowering learning experience, in this course we’ll help you to gain tools and frameworks to identify, craft, and share your story to inspire action.

Most importantly, we are launching this course in collaboration with Ambassador Stories as a proclamation of our fundamental belief that each one of us carries stories with the power to build a just and loving world.

We are looking forward to co-creating and sharing stories with you this year and beyond!

Storytelling for Changemakers Whether you are interested in developing your own story, crafting a story for a project, or learning storytelling activities to facilitate workshops, this comprehensive online course is ideal for you.

01/04/2022

Through Positive Eyes: The Story Behind the Stories

Happy New Year, Storyteller!

Join us to celebrate the journey and impact of the virtual exhibit, Through Positive Eyes: My Photo, My HIV Story, as its presentation at the Gates Foundation Discovery Center comes to a close. Featuring the Seattle-based cohort of the Through Positive Eyes artivists (artists + activists) who will reflect on their storytelling journey in the midst of a pandemic, discuss what inspires and sustains them as storytellers, and share insights about the power of stories to banish stigma.

The presentation will feature artivists Kelly, Julene, Bill, and C.L. The event will be moderated by our founder and director Luis Ortega.

See the link to RSVP for this event.

Through Positive Eyes: The Story Behind the Stories Through Positive Eyes: The Story Behind the Stories.

Timeline photos 11/30/2021

⭐ Meet our Storyteller Cohort facilitators ⭐

Luis (he/they) is a multidisciplinary storyteller, facilitator, social practice artist, and the founder and director at Storytellers for Change. Over the last fourteen years, Luis has worked with cross-sector organizations to co-design storytelling strategies and leadership programs to foster empathy, inclusion, and equity across communities. His work has been featured at the Gates Foundation Discovery Center, the Harvard DACA Seminar, and the Kauffman Foundation Disruptor Speaker Series. Most recently, Luis completed the W.K. Kellogg Community Leadership Network Fellowship.

UCLA Art & Global Health Center 11/30/2021

UCLA Art & Global Health Center

REMINDER: Tomorrow, on Zoom, is the 40th anniversary of the AIDS pandemic. Join us, the UCLA Art & Global Health Center, and the Seattle TPE artivists from 5-8 PM PST for a storytelling session.

Zoom link: ArtGlobalHealth.org/AIDS2021

UCLA Art & Global Health Center Operating in eight countries on five continents, UCLA Art & Global Health Center projects begin with local artists and artisans communicating about HIV/AIDS and other public health issues in accessible and entertaining ways.

Timeline photos 11/29/2021

⭐ Meet our Storyteller Cohort facilitators ⭐

Julia Dinh (she/her) is an older sister, first-generation college student, and the Programs Coordinator at Storytellers for Change. Julia is a student at the University of Washington and is majoring in Speech and Hearing Sciences with the intention of obtaining a Doctor of Audiology. In her free time, she enjoys playing video games and reading books (the current one being The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky).

Timeline photos 11/24/2021

⭐ Meet our Storyteller Cohort facilitators ⭐

Domonique (he/him) is a storyteller, facilitator, data scientist, and entrepreneur. Domonique’s work is focused on community-centered storytelling, digital access, economic development, and democratizing media. He is also the co-founder of IDLE Seattle and the co-host of the No Blueprint Podcast. Domonique supports Storytellers for Change's digital and blended learning efforts.

Videos (show all)

Ep. 5 - First Gen Grads: Kendra Canton - Caring Means Change
Ep. 4 - First Gen Grads: Jorge Moreno-Nuñez - Navigating the Game
Ep. 3 - First Gen Grads: Norma Gonzalez - I Walked for Her, I Walked for Them
Ep. Episode 2 - First Gen Grads: Taejonae McKensie - It Takes A Village
Ep. 1 - First Gen Grads: Karen Arlette Gamez Lopez - Liberation Through Education
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