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Welcome to StoryCorps DIY: Road to Resilience

StoryCorps DIY: Road to Resilience, created in partnership with the New York Life Foundation, provides resources to organizations interested in starting their own storytelling program with kids in grief and tools for furthering dialogue about the impact of childhood grief. This course is a compilation of insights and best practices from StoryCorps’ partnerships with bereavement centers across the United States. It includes tips for creating a supportive recording environment for young people and families impacted by grief, suggested questions lists, audio segments, animations, discussion guides, and more.

StoryCorps DIY: Road to Resilience is divided into two sections:

Section 1: Recording Programs for Kids in Grief builds on our StoryCorps DIY: Foundations course, with additional tips and best practices for incorporating recordings into organizations’ work with kids. It includes case studies and reflections from our bereavement center partners on a range of topics, including how narrative fits into their existing work, ideas for identifying a program team, and strategies for creating warm and welcoming recording spaces for children and families to share their stories.

Section 2: Engaging with Stories of Kids in Grief focuses on how to encourage meaningful community dialogue about the impact of childhood grief. This section includes short animations and audio clips of young people reflecting on their grief experiences alongside discussion guides and ideas for where and how to share these stories.

Each section of StoryCorps DIY: Road to Resilience is designed to stand on its own. You may explore the entire suite of resources or focus only on portions that are relevant to your needs.

We hope that these resources are a valuable addition to your work serving children and families in grief.


About Road to Resilience

In 2018 and 2019, StoryCorps, in partnership with the New York Life Foundation, collaborated with eight bereavement support organizations across the United States through Road to Resilience.

Each of our partners sought to provide children and families with a supportive space to record StoryCorps conversations about their memories and grief journeys. With support, training, and equipment from StoryCorps, these organizations worked to embed a recording program within their existing services for children and families in grief. We want to thank our pilot partners:

  • A Caring Hand, New York, NY
  • Bo’s Place, Houston, TX
  • Dougy Center, Portland, OR
  • Hosparus Health, Louisville, KY
  • Michael’s Place, Traverse City, MI
  • Roberta’s House, Baltimore, MD
  • Tristesse Center, Tulsa, OK
  • Uplift Center for Grieving Children, Philadelphia, PA

About the New York Life Foundation

Inspired by New York Life’s tradition of service and humanity, the New York Life Foundation has, since its founding in 1979, provided nearly $280 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. The Foundation also encourages and facilitates the community involvement of employees and agents of New York Life through its Volunteers for Good and Grief-Sensitive Schools programs. To learn more, visit www.newyorklifefoundation.org.