Our Mission

The mission of Digital Storytellers is to engage under served youth to become outspoken and creative leaders capable of harnessing the power of media through culturally relevant curriculum designed to approach topics such as cycles of violence, oppression, culture and gender identity by using the art forms of storytelling, spoken word poetry and film production.

Our Purpose & Projects

Our purpose is to provide youth with the tools to refine their abilities to express, and interject into the larger social dialogue. Digital Storytellers recognizes the connections between stories, culture, and the need to pursue the empowering potentials of visual storytelling as a grassroots, participatory media practice. Through facilitative media production, professional artists come together with students to create individual and community expressions of identity and culture.

Residencies


Spoken word poetry, film-making and storytelling workshops held in class.

Assemblies


Spoken word poetry, beat boxing, break dancing and live mural creation performed on campus during the school day

Youth Poetry Slam Teams


Advanced poetry teams of high school students competing in local poetry slams and featuring at community based events.
Skyline High School documentary
Sequoia High School
Student Edited Film

I was fortunate enough to participate in the Digital Storytellers workshops all four years of my high school experience, and, honestly, I count these times as some of my most meaningful moments during that time. DS created a community of spoken word, healing, and engagement at Richmond High which carried on outside of the workshops. Having a space to express our stories allowed me to better understand my peers, and is one of the many reasons I hope that other students are able to enjoy the workshops as much as I did.

Jamey Williams

Former Student, Richmond High 2012-2015

The History of Digital Storytellers
We began providing spoken word and film making workshops at Skyline high school in 2010. Since then this program has expanded to include 9 other sites from Oakland to Richmond to San Francisco. We beleieve in creating sustainable partnerships with commmunity based organizations in order to provide our young writers with an opportunity to share their words with people doing work they are passionate about. Most recently we have partnered with the SF child abuse prevention center and A Safe Space domestic violence shelter. These partnerships have clarified our role as mandated reporters and advocates, while also connecting students with communities that benefit from working with these young writers
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