Youth Storytelling

Lucille Campbell, Verna Muthoni, Helen Miley, Anne Wallace, Janice Butt, Margaret Edinburgh, and Brenda Harris told stories at the Atlanta Girls Club in Marietta on 7/20. The storytelling concert was instigated by the Club’s coordinator who used our SOS web site to contact Janice. She was interested in bringing women to share stories with the girls. These ladies delighted 80+ girls with a variety of stories from all parts of the world.  This was a pro bono performance to let girls know that storytelling might be one of their future career opportunities and to encourage them to pursue it.

Anne Wallace and Debbie Weston-From taught youth storytelling in Dawsonville with librarian Tracy Walker on 7/28.  It was a wonderful group of eight youth, ages 8-12. Debbie taught storytelling basic skills. Anne taught the children about the 398.2 section in a library where fairytales and folktales can be found. Each child learned two stories from the two classes. The conclusion of the class was a concert by the children telling one of their newly learned stories. Tracy videotaped

each teller and later in the week gave a copy of that recording to each child. Certificates of participation and a book of folktales were given to each child in the concluding ceremony of “Storytelling for Youth.” Books and paper supplies, plus a lunch of pizza were provided by SOS with funds from the IBM grant written by Margaret Edinburgh.

P.S.  It was a great storytelling day for the three adult storytellers, especially as they heard the children telling their parents their stories as they departed the classroom.

Debbie Weston-From taught a youth storytelling class this summer.  She taught the youth how to create their own stories and record them for later radio broadcast. The same IBM grant through SOS has provided the portable recording equipment to make this easier for the students.