StoryCorps DIY: Commemorate
The StoryCorps DIY Commemorate Course is designed for organizations serving clients living with memory loss. This self-directed course offers insights and best practices on beginning a recording program to honor and preserve the stories of your clients.
With case studies and audio examples from StoryCorps’ Memory Loss Initiative, we hope that this course will help you to adapt the StoryCorps recording model to benefit your clients and your organization.
For more general information on creating a StoryCorps-inspired recording project at your organization, including equipment recommendations, archiving best practices and more, please also visit our DIY Fundamentals Course.
About StoryCorps’ Memory Loss Initiative
StoryCorps launched our Memory Loss Initiative in 2006 to reach out to people affected by memory loss. Through this work, we partnered with more than 180 organizations to offer families the opportunity to record a StoryCorps interview for posterity. StoryCorps’ Memory Loss Initiative aimed to support and encourage those with memory loss to share their stories and have meaningful conversations with people they love.
Since the launch of the Memory Loss Initiative, StoryCorps has recorded over 1,800 interviews with people living with memory loss.
How to Use This Course
This course builds off of our StoryCorps DIY Fundamentals Course to provide specific best practices and ideas for organizations like yours that provide care to those living with memory loss. We hope that this course will help begin or enhance your own reminiscence program.
Below you can access each lesson in this self-directed course. Feel free to skip around and seek out the tools and sections that best suit your needs!
The Great Thanksgiving Listen: Educator Toolkit
Welcome to The Great Listen 2020! This course includes everything you need to bring StoryCorps into your classroom and be part of this year’s Great Thanksgiving Listen. Click any of the lessons below to get right to the resources.
- Part One: Full Lesson Plan
- Part Two: Downloadable Toolkit and Handouts
- Part Three: Media Library
- Part Four: Parental Consent & Privacy
- Part Five: Common Core Standards & Alignment
By participating in this project, your students will learn about the importance of storytelling and use StoryCorps to record an interview with an elder or another member of their family or community.
Storytelling and the gift of listening are critical skills for young people. This project offers the opportunity for young people to honor someone in their lives with an interview. They can spend 40 minutes with a grandparent, a sibling, a mentor, or a friend, asking important questions, and listening carefully to their answers.
We invite you to adapt these resources in whatever way best suits the needs of your students. These resources are open to teachers and parents and we’ve included adaptations for online classrooms. In the course content below, you will find downloadable tools and resources, including:
- A lesson plan, complete with student worksheets
- Permission slips
- Suggested StoryCorps stories for listening and viewing
- Tips on how to conduct an interview
- Great questions to ask
- More ways to use StoryCorps in your classroom beyond an interview
- A media library of StoryCorps videos to use in your classroom
- Tools to help your students prepare for their interviews
Looking for more educational resources? Our StoryCorps DIY: Education course includes additional tools and lesson plans for your classroom.
If you have any general feedback or stories of success, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you.
StoryCorps DIY: Education
StoryCorps Education makes the StoryCorps mission come alive for your classroom, supporting adults and youth in building relationships and creating more compassionate schools, families, and communities. With our lesson plans and resources, young people will:
- Discover the power of their own voice and know that their experiences and stories matter
- Learn about the power and importance of listening
- Gain empathy and understanding for people who are different from themselves
- Find strength in stories of people like themselves who succeeded despite personal challenges and social barriers.
The resources in this course will provide teachers and mentors with powerful tools for engaging and empowering youth in classroom and community settings. Additionally, connect directly with other educators and StoryCorps staff in our StoryCorps in the Classroom Facebook group.
StoryCorps DIY: Road to Resilience
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.
For more general information on creating a StoryCorps-inspired recording project at your organization, please also visit our DIY Fundamentals Course.
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.
StoryCorps DIY: Fundamentals Course
The StoryCorps DIY Fundamentals Course offers tools and resources for community organizations seeking to create their own StoryCorps-inspired recording project. Gain best practices from StoryCorps staff and partners on recording, archiving and sharing stories in your community.
With multimedia resources and guides, the StoryCorps DIY Fundamentals Course provides instructions and insights on how to:
- Promote listening: Preserve the life stories of your community members, and facilitate meaningful interactions between community members.
- Build an archive: Develop your organization’s oral history collection, and add voices and perspectives that are currently missing.
- Create dynamic public programming: Bring new audiences to your organization by inviting them to record their own stories, or to take part in listening events.
- Partner in new ways with peer organizations: Forge meaningful connections with partner organizations for a shared project goal.
The StoryCorps DIY Fundamentals Course is a great starting point for any group or organization that wishes to create a sustainable community program around storytelling.