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  • Events | The Untold Narratives

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  • Services | Untold Narratives

    Partner With Us! ​ We offer a wide array of services and support in storytelling, narrative change, learning experience design, and creative and academic writing. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ What Workshop Participa nts are Saying ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ We elevate learning by: Conceptualizing and developing learning experiences via curriculum and training design (both online and face-to-face) Developing quality learning design from writing personas to storyboarding to course design, development and delivery Designing and delivering professional development to support k-12 teachers, college faculty, nonprofit and corporate professionals, and others in building quality learning experiences for youth and adults . Curriculum Spotlight ​We partnered with The Service Year Alliance to design and develop the skill attainment portion of the Strengthening Service Years as a Postsecondary Option curriculum We elevate untold narratives by: ​Offering The Untold Narratives , a free web service to support multiple storytelling methods. Everyone has a story to tell, yet not all stories are told. Our goal is to change that through the following: ​ Narrative fellowships Educational events Collection of original stories Writing contests ​ Listen to the founder of The Untold Narratives discuss the importance of storytelling in the Reimagining Youth work Podcast Series, published by Dr. Torie Weiston-Serdan, founder of the Critical Mentoring Institute " Owning Your Narrative " ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ P artner with us to create nar rative experiences for your constituents! Contact us to learn more. ​ ​ "I love the way Dr. Santiago works and teaches. I felt comfortable enough to show up and participate fully as a person of color. Her skill at inclusivity and implicit & explicit awareness of diverse needs - really impacted me profoundly." Candice "The instructor was thoughtful about inclusion and creating an equitable environment. I would definitely take a class again with Dr. Santiago and would recommend her to others." Carrie We elevate stories by: ​ Creating content such as books, articles, blog posts, book reviews, toolkits and briefs. ​See content samples below: ​Becoming a Better Mentor, Chapter 8: Honoring Youth Voice and Building Power written by Minnie Chen and Elizabeth Santiago. Published by MENTOR National Move Beyond Imposter Syndrome: Be a Champion Instead . Personal blog written by Elizabeth Santiago ​ ​ ​ Designing and delivering workshops in storytelling, narrative change techniques, creative writing, and cultivating voice. Contact Us

  • Partners | Untold Narratives

    Partners The Untold Narratives is fortunate and honored to have amazing partners and collaborators. The logos below represent our partners in storytelling, learning design, teaching and narrative change projects. Reach out to us to learn more about our work and partnerships by contacting

  • Feb. 2, 1512: Taíno Leader Hatuey Executed in Cuba | The Untold Narratives

    Tags: Cuba, Caribbean, History, Indigenous, Leaders, non-fiction

  • 1619 Project | Untold Narratives

    The 1619 Project The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative. Click on image to take you to site.

  • Shyienah Jiménez-Rivera | Untold Narratives

    Meet Shyienah Jiménez-Rivera Shyienah Jiménez-Rivera attends high school at the Boston Arts Academy majoring in music. Coming from a Latino background, Shyienah is very proud of her culture. Shyienah loves to meet new people and is very family oriented. Shyienah works very hard at what she does and wants to pursue storytelling so teens can relate. Experience Shyienah Jiménez-Rivera's work My project is about how your mind is your biggest fear. It's a conscious that makes you feel negative and disgusted about yourself. The reason I chose this type of topic because we as humans have negative thoughts about our appearance, and I feel as though teenagers, more so young girls, go through that mindset more because we as women try to look and feel a certain way so we can be accepted, by men, by ourselves or anyone for that matter. This projects means a lot to me because when I was little I would always get body shamed because I was too big and I always had bad thoughts about myself and I know other people can relate. What came easy doing this project was me expressing how I actually feel without sugarcoating anything. I love poetry and I love how you can express yourself any shape or form while doing so. My biggest highlight out of this whole poem is how your mindset can change soo much and take control in a positive and negative way only if you let it. Click Me

  • Tag Suggestions | The Untold Narratives

    Give us suggestions for tags and links to articles! We want to fill the library with as many untold narratives as possible and make them easy to find with clear tags. Submit Thanks for submitting!

  • Nabila Anandira | Untold Narratives

    Meet Nabila Anandira Nabila has found a community that inspires her in Somerville, Massachusetts where she was raised and where continuing to learn. Currently she is a junior at Tufts University, Nabila is curious about how art can be used as a powerful tool in supporting the collective healing and wellbeing of a community. She is creating her own major that combine Community Health, Studio Art, and Civic Studios. Informally, she is known as the loving Godmother to Pomeranian-Poodle Tully and Shitzu-Yorkie Thor! Experience Nabila Anandira's work Click Me

  • Fellowship 2022 | Untold Narratives

    The Community Narrative Fellowship, a project of The Untold Narratives, is a paid opportunity for new storytellers to connect to their elders and community members by elevating their histories, voices, and assets. This program provides interview and writing training, support and collaboration from storytellers and community leaders while nurturing the development of untold narratives. The program kicked off in June 2022 and culminated with a showcase in December 2022. See below to meet the 2022 Fellows and see their projects. Meet Our 2022 Community Narrative Fellows! ADESUMA OLUNHENSE is a Nigerian-American writer from New York. The child of immigrants, she grew up surrounded by books, and tried to make her own stories when she didn't quite like the endings. She graduated from Northeastern University with a combined BS in Psychology and Linguistics, and currently works in the nonprofit sector. She believes in the power of telling your story, especially when you can't see yourself in the ones around you, and the immeasurable impact it has on others. In her free time, Adesuwa loves reading, cooking, falling into Wikipedia black holes, and taking day trips. Read Adesuwa's work now. JACQUELINE PEREZ VALENCIA is the Program Coordinator for the Solis Policy Institute at the Women’s Foundation California. She is a first-generation college graduate committed to fighting for the dignity and respect of underserved communities. She received her B.S. in Sociology and minor in Business Management from the University of La Verne. She currently serves on multiple boards and is a mentor to a recent high school graduate through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. For fun, Jacqueline enjoys working on art projects, collecting unique jewelry, and dancing. If she were to have one super power, she would want to fly! SHAYAN KAVEH is a multidisciplinary storyteller and environmental science student residing in Oakland, the unceded homeland of the Chochenyo Ohlone people. As a queer Iranian-American, Shayan grounds his interdisciplinary process in collaboration across experiences, communities, and place. He currently is a Master's Student in the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara, studying the politics and economics of the environment with a focus in strategic communications. Shayan aspires to support social justice movements through community-based research and policy advocacy. If he could have any super power, he would want to be capable of nuclear fission! is a researcher, museum and sci fi enthusiast, and budding writer with interests in the intersection of science, politics, and art. She has been involved in grassroots advocacy in San Jose and Los Angeles and now lives in Boston. She graduated with an AB in neuroscience and philosophy from Harvard and currently works as a lab manager for the GenderSci Lab. Experience Kelsey's work now. KELSEY ICHIKAWA CLAIRE PLAGENS is a survivor, social work professional, and advocate. She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Social Work from Michigan State University. While a graduate student, Claire concentrated her studies on gender-based violence in the context of activism, advocacy, and organizational and community leadership. Claire is currently a project coordinator with the National Council for Mental Wellbeing and has a background working in state and federal policy advocacy on issues related to Title IX and sexual abuse prevention and response. Read Claire's work now. DESHAUN RICE previously studied music and film at Georgetown University. He currently focuses on youth employment initiatives with America’s Promise on the Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships team. He also works closely with the YES Project, where he has helped guide community investment and engagement efforts, and has written on various employment-related topics—most recently in a piece for focused on class dynamics in the workplace. He is the father of one 4-year-old son and the oldest of 8 kids. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to and making music. Experience Deshaun's work now. AMINA ABUTHAHIR is a recent college graduate from Cal State Long Beach where she got a bachelors in Political Science. Her Muslim and Tamil identities inform her persepective around her. Amina uses art and writing to amplify her voice in the world. She works on community building and creating solidarity with other marginalized folks. Experience Amina's work now.

  • Mia Prince | Untold Narratives

    Meet Mia Prince Mia Prince is a student at the University of Kentucky majoring in Sports Communications with a double minor in Journalism and Fashion Merchandising, Mia hopes to aid in the diversification of male dominated fields through her efforts in becoming the representation for young Afro-Latina women. Mia hopes to one day launch a nonprofit to support and mentor those within her own community who are hoping to enter fields lacking Black and Hispanic role models. Experience Mia Prince's work My purpose and motivation in completing this project was to bring myself to my most vulnerable and uncomfortable and pinpoint the message I would like to convey to the world in having the opportunity to do so. Through doing this, I uncovered a story I didn't even realize I remembered and feelings and emotions I did not even realize I held onto so strongly. ​ I believe the hardest part of this project was determining the exact memory I wanted to focus on. As I started to brainstorm, I began to have an overwhelming amount of ideas and struggled to determine which I would like to be the focal point of my project. ​ I believe the easiest part of this project was, once I got in the rhythm of what I wanted to focus on the words, thoughts and feelings came easily!

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