The Storytellers Collective is expected to give youth a powerful means to express themselves and incorporate their own experiences and concerns into their learning. It would enable young people between the ages of 10-16 [in their formative years], to think critically, collaborate on teams, and influence others with their ideas, & contribute to their communities through their participation.

The program also enables the peer educators to develop an understanding of the issues that are important to their counterparts, and build sensitivity towards them.

The curriculum of the project propels the young participants to understand the connection between learning and its relevance to their life and future. Traditional storytelling merged with digital storytelling will enable the young storytellers to expand their reach outside their communities and spread awareness about issues close to them.

When young people are excited to learn, they gain a stronger belief in themselves and, in the power of their creative voice. Their increased self-confidence, pride in their abilities and hope for their future, is expected to build a positive disposition and help them to be responsible citizens, inculcating the ability to impact not just their own lives, but those of others around them.

This project has a two-fold focus : to revive the storytelling traditions of India by introducing them as an important educational-tool and to provide a platform for young adults to work together to impact their own communities.

The Youth Arts,Community & Transformation [ACT] – Urban uses a “Community Arts Approach” as part of a conscious effort to work with and enter into a dialogue with the youth through collaborative arts based activities and projects. Through such a shared activity which is a learning process for both the adult [parent] and the youth participant, a sense of shared community is created especially on occasions of joint-participation in public showcases and performances. These activities aim to nurture the potential that exists in all communities to be creative and to find a voice to express their concerns through the use of art forms.

Read our 2015-16 report.