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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


You need to be a member of Youth, Educators, and Storytellers Alliance to add comments!

Comment by Norah Dooley on January 10, 2009 at 5:29pm
Octavia Sexton was looking for information about audience and all other related topics ? One idea is to go to Wallace Foundation site - Great stuff there.
Comment by Oel Castner on December 8, 2008 at 7:08am
this group is growing be leaps and bounds, I am truly amazed. I hope that all of my storytelling frieds will have wonderful holdiays...........oel
Comment by Don 'Buck P' Creacy on September 30, 2008 at 7:05pm
Hello Everyone;

Please check your freindship request and either accept them or reject them. But please don't let them sit idle. If one hundred people do that, if keeps others from making new friends. Just go to your friends tabs, the little silloettes at the top right of your page, under your name and click it. I expect if you haven't found it by now... you may have many pending new friends.

Just a tip.
Comment by Patricia Kjolhede on May 26, 2008 at 8:48am
Hi Lois!

I have to telling experiences with this age group is in pairs or in small groups...they seem to do better with a partner to lean on and I am OK with that. The real goal is that they grasp the idea of storytelling, re-telling and oral language development at this point. Thanks for the book suggestions. I thought that I had "Joining In", but I have a book by Teresa Miller, so I will check out the one by Judy Sima and Kevin Cordi and also Doug Lipman. The more fun that they have with the concept, the better. We will certainly meet our language arts goals in the process too.

I am hoping to run into you at the Storytelling Festival in Flint to further "pick your brain"

Comment by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) on May 26, 2008 at 12:03am
Patricia, I've not seen this age group do much to carry whole stories very well -- I've seen some try with limited success. Still I think that doesn't rule out introducing them to storytelling games & creation. You might grab Judy Sima & Kevin Cordi's book, Joining In. There are lots of storytelling games there that can work with your 4-7 yr. olds without making them try to carry a whole story. I also just remembered Doug Lipman has a book , & it's called Storytelling Games! that also would have ideas.

The kids can carry parts of a story or act it out. They can also share in creating stories. I like to create fractured fairy tales with kids, but I purposely scatter the elements so the kids don't realize what the story is until I start telling what they've suggested. For age 4 to 7, be sure they 1st have been exposed to the real story.

When I was still a children's librarian, I had annual tall tale telling contests for kids & also had various times of teaching storytelling & really think your age group needs to play with stories. Any stories they tell at this age come either from what is hopefully a lively imagination or retelling something they've heard that has a lot of participation &/or repetition.
LoiS(ounding dogmatic, but really just basing it on my experiences)
Comment by Patricia Kjolhede on May 21, 2008 at 3:41am
I think I may be joining this group from a unique point of view. My storytellers range from 4 to 7 years old because I work full time in an early childhood building as a young 5/kindergarten teacher. I do both storytelling and retellling as part of my curriculum and am considering the possibility of an after-school or summer program next year for super young children. Has anyone tried working with kids in this age group with success stories to share? Thanks

Comment by MaryAnn Blue on May 18, 2008 at 3:56pm
Hi ya'll! I just clicked on "join" and here I am, as easy as that!! I used to be a rather non-participating dues paying YES member, and presently am a NSN member but not a member of YES!, but I'll remedy that. I have recently signed a contract for a new teaching position starting in the fall and will help coach an already established student storytelling group. I'm presently coaching several really wonderful youth tellers privately. They are just wonderful and will keep on telling for years to come. They love it. Two of my kiddos participated in the National Youth Storytelling Showcase last Feb. in Pigeon Forge. They had the time of their lives. What a wonderful experience for them!

Just wanted to say hi, and I'm glad to be part of this group.
Comment by Muriel Horowitz on May 7, 2008 at 9:48pm
I did a program I called Honoring the Earth this past week. I was only given 40-45 minute sessions for groups of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. I was really pleased with how it turned out. For each group, I told 2 stories, did some "activities" and told 1 or 2 more stories depending on the group. THe kids were really engaged! Wish I could have had them longer. I used the idea of a storybag- got it from the Alliance website. I have lots of junk at home; so the bags were easy to fill. I put kids in groups of 5 or 6, had them pick 2 items, and asked them to tell a story around the circle. They had a ball, and some clever first draft stories emerged. I also had them moving around the room showing a variety of animals expressing various emotions. Thank you YES for all the ideas I got on the website.
I'll post some of the pictures on my blog once I figure out how.
Comment by Brian "Fox" Ellis on May 7, 2008 at 7:56am
Glad to see that YES! has joined professional storyteller.
Comment by Youth, Educators, and Storytellers Alliance on May 6, 2008 at 10:01am
Posted by permission of Stuart Nager--

Rachel: thank you for the invitation. I am a member of YES, but I am so woefully not active within it all...and I should be. I use storytelling in my classrooms constantly, building new ones, telling and or exposing traditional ones to the students. I created an in-school Storytelling Festival.

My third grade year long curriculum is all about storytelling. First, traditional tales (myths, legends, fairy and folk tales, tall tales and family/oral histories). I then go into part of the Cinderella Project which ends with out creating new Cinderella stories, using the basic principles that make up a Cindy story. The last third of the year is how to take a story and write a play about it. Playwriting.
Struggle struggle struggle..but some fun stuff.

Storytelling weaves it's way in and out of my other grades. I do Shakespeare in 4th and 5th grades (A Midsummer..., Romeo & Juliet with 4th; Macbeth in 5th)..and what is the basis of a play but a good story. Especially those. The 5th grade continues with a very long process (ongoing) drama based off of a Japanese folk tale (The Wise Old Woman). It's an amazing unit, hitting so many angles.

Oh..for those who don't know me, and you are legion...I'm a full time Drama teacher as well as this, a professional storyteller.

Right now, I haven't been as active on this board as I intended. I'm in the final bout of my Spring production ("SHELed, the cracked world of Shel Silverstein") and we go up in...aieee...four and a half hours!! yeah..I can't sleep tonight!). Hopefully, after today, I'll have more time to think about me and my storytelling again.

I'm glad this group is here. I'm glad Diana started this whole mishagoss. I'm glad life is good. I'm not glad I'm up at 4:30 in the morning..but what are you going to do? ; )

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