Host an event at your school where students present stories from their lives based around a common theme.
What stories need to be heard at your school? A storytelling assembly gives students the chance to have their voices heard about topics like experiences with bullying, being an athlete, overcoming a hardship, what drives them, or an important relationship.
Start by choosing a theme and recruiting students to participate. Give each student plenty of time to practice and receive feedback.
On the day of the event, gather everyone to hear stories! Thank all speakers for participating.
It’s a good idea to have a mental health professional from school on hand in case any of the students’ stories are triggering to the audience.
Tips & Suggestions:
- Consider making this event a series with rotating themes.
- Research shows that a shared emotional connection cultivates a stronger sense of community (McMillan & Chavis, 1986; Pernau, 2017).
- High school students often describe feeling anonymous and powerless at school (Pope, 2001).
- Studies show that telling stories about emotional events causes substantial prosocial and psychological development (Niederhoffer & Pennebaker, 2009).