The Power of Digital Stories

Digital stories weave images, music, narrative and voice together in video form, touching their creators and viewers in memorable and dramatic ways.

Making a digital story is an empowering and healing experience for youth, who spend four days learning movie-making and video editing software, writing and recording their own narrative, compiling and editing photographs, and choosing their own soundtrack.

Watching a digital story gives child welfare professionals, and other service providers for transition-age youth, an intimate glimpse into foster youths’ experiences—elevating compassion and offering insights into practice. Here are some comments from child welfare professionals about the impact of YTP Digital Stories:

“There is no more powerful tool to present the youth perspective and experience to adults.”

“They never fail to elicit a meaningful and sometimes emotional response from the viewer and a commitment to right the wrongs that exist in the system.”

Watch Georgette’s story – a young woman’s story of resilience, the importance of looking beyond case notes and a foster mother’s support and important help that made a difference.

Watch Kevin’s story – a transgendered youth’s journey through the system and how a social worker taking the time to listen saved him from facing time in the juvenile justice system.

Watch Captain’s story – a transgendered youth’s story of sibling separation and family acceptance.

Watch Sade’s story – the poetic story of a youth going from a “nobody” to a “somebody” with the support of her social worker.

Watch Kevin’s story – proof that group home staff are able to make youth feel as though they are in the most caring and loving of families.

Our Digital Stories can be used for training and conferences, but are most powerful when they are part of a facilitated training with a Y.O.U.T.H. Training Project speaker. We have two DVDs available, each with a collection of ten individual digital stories. The cost is $25 per DVD.

Our digital stories are created in workshops led by the Center for Digital Storytelling. See more about the collections and order now.