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Youth, Educators, and Storytellers Alliance


Youth, Educators, and Storytellers Alliance

We promote youth storytelling as well as encourage educators and other adults to use storytelling with youth as an educational tool in classrooms and in other settings. We teach to tell and tell to teach.

Members: 134
Latest Activity: May 5, 2014


Many people share stories for, with, and by our youth. These people are to be commended.

Feel free to start and to reply to discussions. You are as much of an expert as any of us. You may click "Send Message to Group" on the upper right side to encourage response to anything you post.

Besides this group, you may also be interested in the "Storytelling in Education" group found on Professional Storyteller. We also have a Facebook account.

The Youth, Educators, and Storytellers Alliance is a special interest group within the National Storytelling Network.

To support us further, please consider membership with NSN and YES!.

Discussion Forum

Don't Miss the YES! Pre-conference

Wednesday, July 31 • 8:30am-4:30pm YES!/SHE Pre-ConferenceFor Storytellers, Teaching Artists, and Educators seeking ways to effectively work with youth in classrooms, school residencies and in…Continue

Tags: youth, storytellers, student, games, skills

Started by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) Apr 18, 2013.

"A World of Storytelling" Radio Station 4 Replies

Does this count as a resource you can use?  The world's first 24/7/365 Internet Radio Station for Storytellers.  You can be on the radio, you can have equal footing, you can point your friends and…Continue

Started by Don 'Buck P' Creacy. Last reply by Don 'Buck P' Creacy Apr 5, 2012.

Preconference Volunteers Needed!

We need people to help: at the Preconference on July 28 at the registration table (2); as room monitors (2); as table monitors (2)!  To volunteer, please email Lyn Ford at

Tags: volunteers, preconference, Y.E.S.Alliance

Started by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) Jun 14, 2010.

Y.E.S. Preconference

Preconference Date:  July 28, 8 - 4:30, one day before the annual NSN Storytelling ConferenceLocation:  Warner Center Marriott Woodland Hills, California PRECONFERENCE TITLE:  Y.E.S. ALLIANCE:   MANY…Continue

Tags: Alliance, Y.E.S., Preconference

Started by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) Jun 14, 2010.

how to teach youth how to tell their story with emotion? 2 Replies

Hi all! I run a digital storytelling program for at risk youth. Their personal stories (told through audio, photos and video) are used for their personal healing and empowerment, for training of…Continue

Tags: reading, audio, storytelling, digitalstorytelling

Started by Laura Lo Forti. Last reply by Oel Castner Mar 30, 2010.


YES ALLIANCE:   MANY VOICES FOR EDUCATION, July 28, 8 - 4:30, one day before the annual NSN StorytellingConferenceLocation:  Warner Center Marriott Woodland Hills, CaliforniaPRECONFERENCE…Continue

Tags: teaching, conference, NSN, pre-conference

Started by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) Feb 20, 2010.

Call for articles--YES! online newsletter 1 Reply

The Youth, Educators, and Storytellers Alliance will have a quarterly online newsletter for currently paid members. (Check your status with the…Continue

Tags: youth, educators, newsletter, members, storytellers

Started by Rachel Hedman. Last reply by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) Jan 14, 2009.

Youth Podcasting 2 Replies

Hi all, I just wanted to let you know about a student storytelling podcast project I've been working on:…Continue

Started by Dale Jarvis. Last reply by karen gummo Sep 20, 2008.

What are your memories from the 2008 YES! Pre-Conference or Kids' Koncert? What would make it even better? 1 Reply

We always are in need of your thoughts to any event put out by YES! including the Pre-Conference and Kids' Koncert. Please share what things should stay the same, be added, or be taken away.

Tags: 2008, Koncert, Kids', Pre-Conference, YES!

Started by Youth, Educators, and Storytellers Alliance. Last reply by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) Aug 24, 2008.

Personal stories told by Youth? 7 Replies

At what age do you have Youth tellers work on personal stories?Does personal story storytelling have any tie-in to school content standards distinct from storytelling in general?Thanks!Continue

Tags: personal narrative

Started by Tim E. Last reply by Lynette "Lyn" Ford Aug 18, 2008.

Comment Wall


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Comment by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) on March 1, 2013 at 11:05pm

Lately the YES! Board has discussed the group's presence here on P.S.  We have let it sit ignored.  What topics on using storytelling with youth are currently on your mind?  Today at the FL StoryFest a presenter/featured teller, Geraldine Buckley, mentioned 101 Games by PS member, Anthony Burcher, "saved her bacon."  Anthony will be 1 of the presenters at this summer's YES! preconference at the NSN conference in VA. 

Geraldine's a member here, too.  (She also had some great news today!)

Comment by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) on December 2, 2011 at 7:43pm

The YES! Member Directory is now available at <>.  Prowl the website to see all Youth, Educators, Storytellers Alliance offers.  Click Networking in the sidebar to find the Directory form or start your search at the directory itself <> to discover fellow members & promote your work.  Right now we've just started by listing a few board members, but this is a service for all YES! members, & will list everyone at least by name & state.  As a member you can tell people seeking storytellers what you offer young people & schools.  Since members are also NSN members, you can always reach your fellow members through the password protected Memberclicks on the NSN site of <>, but the YES! form lets you say more about your work.
LoiS(houting THANK YOU! to Karen Wollscheid for all her work on this)

Comment by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) on June 28, 2011 at 8:37pm
Here's a time-sensitive message from Y.E.S.!Chairperson, Lynette Ford:

Coming in the month of July: Youth Educators and Storytellers Alliance 2011 Executive Committee Elections!!! If you are a member in good standing (dues paid) of the YES! Alliance, please know that your ballots will arrive via e-mail during the first weeks of July. Or, you can go to the website during the month of July, link with the ballot page, and submit your ballot--more info on this will be coming soon.
Want to become a member of YES! Alliance? Go to the website, Y.E.S.! Alliance and click on the Join Us page , or connect with us via the National Storytelling Network, the umbrella organization for the NSN Special Interest Groups (SIGs) at
Comment by Laura Kaighn on August 31, 2010 at 12:31pm
I have had the distinct privilege of working with both students, their teachers and the public in promoting storytelling in the classroom, at home and between generations. It's very rewarding and I recommend it highly!
Comment by Laura Kamis Wrang on September 17, 2009 at 12:01am
My work the last few years has been focused to bring in the storytelling element into schools. This has lead to several workshops and storytelling events. Even though storytelling is being placed on the yearly curriculum in schools, you will still meet the odd..ah and what are you going to read for us today ? So... there is still a lot of work to do.
What angles have I taken...Well...for one I have used a storytellers angle to create an anti story for the teenagers to comment on ... as a peptalk to how to present while reading up a story. In the story I present all the things that take aaway from you or your presentation... and the great thing is... I am the one doing everything wrong... and they have to spot the faults. This leads to a lot of laughs and head shaking... Gum??? daaa!!!...telephones on in class... tpfh!!! Later on in the evaluation, I am often told by the teacher that... the kids who commented... were the ones who are always "forgetting" to turn of their phones... and now have started to remember : ) Them "Knowing better" made it more be on top of the problem.
I find that telling stories create this magical space for discussing themes in a good way.. a crystal ball we can look into together and talk about in our way afterwards... sharing our feelings, thoughts in a very giving way.

I am very interested in sharing thoughts on "How to" with storytelling in schools. My teaching themes are "Storytelling - the how to do it" basic and advanced, English and drama - English and stagefight - Public readings and speaking for Kids - the older agegroups - Tea time on how cultures meet and share - Abrahams Daughters on hte stsory of Abraham from the Coran and the Bible set in a moderne setting - Noahs dream on innovative thoughts and the resistance to thinking new thoughts - Creative Workshops on fairies - Myths - Fables and The Olden days .... plus more to come : )
Comment by Dimitris Prousalis on July 28, 2009 at 2:34pm
Comment by Tom McCormack on July 23, 2009 at 3:08pm
I am a pioneer in the field of Synergistic Intelligence. The current education programs being taught and promoted are M.I. (Multiple Intelligences) paradigm models. My S.I. model has a completely different configuration and is based on a wholistic triadigm. I have a powerful dream-learning component that shows students and teachers how to greatly increase their comprehension and memory abilities. Specific information about my work is online at There are diverse applications for storytelling in the classroom that awaken the will to learn in students. The most critical factor is over-looked in the assessment criteria..... it is Assessing the Will To Learn.
Comment by Dimitris Prousalis on July 22, 2009 at 5:26am
As an educator as well as a professional storyteller i'm interested in sharing ideas and thoughts about the creative use of storytelling in classroom.
I hope that there will be lots of subjects and opportunities to communicate about.
Dimitris Prousalis-Athens Greece
Comment by Debbie Dunn aka DJ Lyons on April 28, 2009 at 12:42pm
In addition to being a Professional Storyteller & Published Author, I am a Conflict Resolution Specialist. For five years (1998 to 2003) at an East Tennessee middle school, I taught Conflict Resolution techniques, Character Education strategies, and Public Speaking. The class was called Communication Skills. This story is part of the curriculum I created called 3 C's: Conflict Resolution, Character Education, & Communication Skills.
During that five-year period, I created over 3000 pages of curriculum for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.

My original plan was to eventually try to get this material published as an additional source of revenue. In light of the two eleven year-old boys who recently committed suicide due to the acidic effects of bullying, I made a decision. Instead of continuing to allow this material to gather dust, I decided to post as many of these stories, class activities, and role-plays as I could in the hopes that it would be of benefit to others.

I just added 11 new Blog Posts having to do with using storytelling to teach the concepts of Conflict Resolution and Character Education. You are welcome to make use of this material as you work with kids. I will be adding more material in the days and weeks to come.
Comment by Brian "Fox" Ellis on January 12, 2009 at 9:02am
In response to Shari Lynn Kochman's question about on-going, district wide youth storytelling programs, I created a full time job in the Charlotte NC schools back in 1992-3 in which I visited ten of the poorest academic achieving schools in the state to beef up literacy skills through a storytelling residency with measurable outcomes in test scores and a culminating storytelling festival in all ten schools. I share 30 stories and lesson plans from that experience, and subsequent artist in residence programs in my new book from Libraries Unlimited: "Content Area Reading, Writing, and Storytelling" available from the publisher or my web page. The introduction and preface also offer an in depth history of the program and model for others to create a similar program. I would like to encourage every storyteller/teacher to create a similar position in their school district. I would be happy to consult. After a lengthy conversation with a few tellers from NJ at a National Conference they went back and created a year long residency that was written up in Teacher magazine in the late 1990s. There are also more than 100 lesson plans written by teachers on my web page,, all free for you to download and use, just credit your source. Hope this is helpful.

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