World Story Exchange partners with schools and educational organizations to offer documentary storytelling workshops to youth ages 7-23. Our workshops invite students to explore their lives, their dreams, their concerns, while finding their creative voice using a variety of media tools and artistic approaches. We teach photography, filmmaking, writing, painting and drawing - all from a documentary perspective with ethnographic ethics.
The students' finished stories are then shared with their local community before being shared with a group of students in another part of the world. The second group of students then responds by making their own documentary stories through a World Story Exchange workshop.
In this way students learn about the world not from mass-media representations, but directly from the eyes and minds of their peers. Our workshops provide a space for young people to think critically about their communities, to imagine change, and to value their ideas for how the world could be.