Updated Jul 11, 2018
LitWorld's 7 Strength training and programming will provide a space where that individual and community will have an increased sense of self, capacity for community engagement, personal/professional development, and improved future outlook.http://www.LitWorld.org
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OPPORTUNITY: HUMANITY, EVEN IN CRISISWhether in an emergency or not, amazing, strong people are in every doorway, in every patch of shade. In crises, people have been pushed to extremes, bringing out inner reserves of endurance, creativity and resilience-they have stories of strength in them to find, shape and use. Why not build highly-needed literacy skills and resilience by first putting energy and resources toward uncovering, strengthening this inner power in each community, in each girl?
LitWorld's innovation is Strength Stories-both the process of writing them with the girls and local facilitators, and the products of that work together: the renewed resilience, the literacy skills, the stories themselves in a community library and the networks of girls formed around the work and stories. LitWorld and local partners collaborate on 7 Strength Stories lessons-literacy and visual storytelling work. Using the girls_ work as examples, we offer on-site & virtual training (including trauma-sensitive teaching) to community leaders who then reach more girls. It builds the library of Strength Stories and the girls_ visual storytelling, strengthening their voices, resilience & community trust. Strength-Stories offers a social-emotional, literacy focus that serves as a bridge to formal schooling. Meta-analysis of 270,000 K-12 students shows __??when we help our students develop their social emotional skills, we are simultaneously improving their chances for academic achievement and lifelong success__?? (Durlak, et al. 2011). Literacy is a foundational skill required to acquire advanced skills.(Morrell, Allyn, 2014). Strength Stories is an invitation into self-development and the process of creation, so it doesn_t end. The girls in the community in turn teach other girls to write the stories, adding to the Strength Story collection, fostering literacy & creating a cascade of strong girls' voices.