In addition to improving imagination, self-expression, and emotional awareness, arts education can help children to develop critical-thinking skills and perform better in other academic areas such as math and science, according to data cited by Americans for the Arts. The Young Storytellers Foundation (YSF) deploys thousands of volunteers to engage students across the greater Los Angeles area in creative-writing programs where children author their own original stories that explore ideas such as personal goals, conflicts, and life lessons. YSF volunteers target public schools with Title I status, a federal designation given to schools with a high percentage of pupils from low-income families.
The nine-week writing program works primarily with fifth and sixth graders, meets for one hour at lunch each week, and caps at 10 students, with a dedicated mentor for each child. Students outline an original story, learn to edit a narrative, and then mold it into a stage play with full scenes animated by dialogue and action. At the end of the course, professional actors pluck their ideas from the page and bring scripts to life onstage at a school assembly, sharing the vision of young writers with their community. To continue to provide programming for underserved students, YSF needs additional funding to cover the costs of the writing program, including background checks for volunteers, insurance, and materials such as notebooks and pens for its pupils.
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Young Storytellers Foundation
Upon hearing that Los Angeles public schools' arts budgets were going to be cut, a group of screenwriters founded Young Storytellers Foundation (YSF) to share the joy that writing brought to their lives with local students. YSF teaches youth about the art of storytelling through group exercises and one-on-one mentoring that helps develop literacy and leadership skills. Mentors work with about 700 students in 35 schools on the west coast, but have begun expanding their programs into New York. The youth can explore their personal goals and conflicts through the written word and learn how to translate that into a screenplay format. They then write their own scripts and see them come to life on stage or screen, with performances by professional actors.
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