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Youth, Educators and Storytellers (YES!) Alliance teaches to tell and tells to teach.

The goal of YES! is to inspire and nurture storytelling by and for youth. Members include youth storytelling coaches, teachers, teaching artists, librarians, full-time storytellers, and other mentors who view storytelling as a vital, essential art, as well as student storytellers who want to learn more about the art and craft of the oral tradition.

Through YES! youth storytellers are meeting kindred spirits. Educators are discovering that storytelling actively engages students in learning. Full-time storytellers are learning about education standards, curriculum needs, and how children learn, all through participating memberships in YES!

Many YES! members include mentoring, motivating, and providing venues for young tellers among their responsibilities. Youth Tellabrations have been some of the most successful activities for preschool-high school tellers. As a community of storytellers, YES! understands that youthful voices are essential to the future of storytelling; we invest in that future by spotlighting youth storytelling groups, offering suggestions and problem-solving ideas, and showcasing successful models.

YES! values the integration of storytelling into the P-12 curriculum, providing practical support as educators use storytelling. Lists of curricular ideas and differentiated activities to promote the integration of storytelling are generated and shared. Mindful of learning objectives and state standards, educators integrate storytelling into reading, language arts, math, science, and social studies.

Join us as we created and find new directions in the effort to discover what storytelling can offer today’s youth. We will give you the tools to accomplish great things with young people. Tomorrow’s storytellers need you today!

NEW MEMBERS’ JOURNAL

Next summer YES! anticipates distributing a members’ journal that offers samples of the work we do every day for and with children in educational settings (schools, libraries, after/before school programming, youth groups, community centers, etc.). This work is accomplished by storytellers, storytelling teaching artists and teachers.

Can you help us? DOWNLOAD THIS TEMPLATE offered for you to submit an electronic article to Lyn Ford (spearheading this effort) by March 15, 2014.  Maximum length is 1500 words.

If you have an idea and it does not seem to fit this template, please email Lyn (friedtales2@gmail.com) asking for clarification.

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