Activity 4A: Making Your Story Public
Sample Presentation Venues
- “Your Stories,” What Kids Can Do Inc. This site provides a venue for students to publish stories about how they created “powerful learning for a public purpose.” Opportunities for students to participate in contests and apply for grants are also offered.
- Youth Speaks. This nonprofit organization hosts spoken word performances and reading series for youth engaged in promoting social justice.
- Campus Activism.org. This site allows students to post resources, ask questions, and network around social justice issues.
- CyberKids. This is a good site to post children’s stories, appropriate for kids ages 7–12.
- “The Millennial Report Blog.” Mobilize.org. Students can post stories to this blog, targeted to young people engaged in sustainable community improvement efforts. http://mobilize.org/blog/
- “Dream Deferred Essay Contest.” HAMSA: Hands Across the Mideast Support Alliance. This organization hosts an annual international essay contest with a focus on civil and human rights. Students’ stories may be adapted to meet essay criteria. www.hamsaweb.org/essay/
- “Written Essay and Visual Image Contest.” National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights. As part of its “Rollback Campaign,” this organization invited young people to participate in a contest by submitting a written entry, a drawing, or a photograph on a civil rights topic. (The 2010 topic was what equality means.)
- Students may also want to visit the “Real People, Real Stories” page of this Web site to compare their stories to those posted and review the requirements for publication.
- My High School Journalism provides online hosting and a content management system for student media. Teacher registration is required.