Thanks for our start, NSN! The proposal for Children at the Well (written by members of the Interfaith Story Circle of the Tri-City Area) received the Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling from the National Storytelling Network in 2006. This award focuses on the transformational properties of storytelling and aims to increase understanding of the ways that storytelling can promote change in individuals and communities.
The award enabled Gert Johnson and Paula Weiss, with support from the newly formed non-profit, now known as WithOurVoice, Inc., to launch Children at the Well to involve youth in learning the art of storytelling to:
- Deepen their knowledge and understanding of their own tradition and that of others
- Develop public speaking and leadership skills
- Participate in the local Interfaith Story Circle events and its community events
- Promote peace and understanding among all peoples
- WithOurVoice, Inc. (WOV) incorporated in 2006 to oversee both the Interfaith Story Circle (IFSC) and Children at the Well (C@W).
- The mission of WithOurVoice is to increase capacity for intercultural understanding, build diverse community connections and grow compassionate leaders, through the ancient art of storytelling.
- C@W, IFSC and WOV envision a world where human connectedness is sought and celebrated by lifting up cultural and individual identity and voice, resulting in a deeper understanding and appreciation of ourselves, others, and the world around us.
We believe in
- The healing power of story to create a more vibrant interconnected and peaceful world.
- The heart-to-heart process of storytelling and story listening to foster an appreciation for human experience and build community.
- Training and practice in the art of storytelling to enable people to strengthen their empathy and find their voice.
Hooray! 2020 is Children at the Well’s fIfteenth year of bringing young people together through the art of storytelling, and of enabling those young people to strengthen their empathy and find their voice so that they can take their place as artistic, inclusive and effective leaders.