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chaz-barracks“It’s hard to hate someone once you’ve heard their story.”

Chaz Barracks is a unique character in his own life story. Click here to learn more about Chaz.

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I AM MY LIFE Spotlight Articles

Symbol of Black Excellence: the durag

The significance of black hair carries a story not typically featured in mainstream media. Check out this article from GQ an the value of the durag among men of color. Click here to read the whole story.

Research: What are Narrative Methodologies?

Here is a bit of research to help conceptualize the power of narrative methodologies (personal storytelling), intersectionality, and education: Abstract: "This paper examines narrative methodologies as one approach to exploring issues of gender, education and social justice and, particularly, insights into “undoing gender”. It furthermore examines the possibilities of exploring gender and its multiple intersections in a range of global and [...]

Performing Statistics

Performing Statistics connects incarcerated teens with an incredible group of artists, designers, educators, and Virginia’s leading policy advocates to transform the juvenile justice system. Visit the resource here.

Brain Pickings

The core ethos behind Brain Pickings is that creativity is a combinatorial force: it’s our ability to tap into our mental pool of resources — knowledge, insight, information, inspiration, and all the fragments populating our minds — that we’ve accumulated over the years just by being present and alive and awake to the world, and to combine them in extraordinary [...]

Stanford Storytelling Project

The Stanford Storytelling Project is an arts program at Stanford University that explores how we live in and through stories and, even more importantly, how to deepen our lives through our own storytelling. Their mission is to promote the transformative nature of traditional and modern oral storytelling, from Lakota tales to Radiolab, and empower students to create and perform their own stories. The [...]

Using Story to Drive Change

 This speech is from the 2015 ESPYS awards, where Caitlyn Jenner accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. This speech reigns true with I AM MY LIFE because it is an example of how one can use their story (and their platform) to foster needed change, education, and acceptance. Caitlyn expresses personal vulnerability to inspire a more compassionate community that respects [...]

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