South Side Stories

South Side Stories is a combination community project and research project that, “aims to raise the voices of African American youth ages 13-24 living on the South Side of Chicago, and create an innovative body of social science research and education to better inform community members who work with youth.” The digital stories are produced in workshops attended by participants from a group of partner organizations, and the stories are used as both peer education and organizing tools and as data for research inquiry.

Stories URL: http://southsidestories.org/stories/
Organization or Project Description: About Ci3, the Project's Sponsoring Organization
First Stories Posted: 2013
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Commuter Profiles

These written profiles are aggregated from Reclaim, the magazine of the nonprofit Transportation Alternatives. In each profile, an ordinary or extraordinary New Yorker who commute by bicycle to work is interviewed about his or her commute and experiences riding a bike. The magazine also publishes “Partner Profiles” of a similar style.

Stories URL: http://www.transalt.org/resources/commuters
Organization or Project Description: Reclaim Magazine Archives/a>
First Stories Posted: 2008
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Colorado Springs Together

This collection of written stories and professional photographs documents the experiences of individuals affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire in and around Colorado Springs, CO. The stories’ presentation is unique, in that each is presented not in type, but in the storyteller’s own handwriting. The stories recount the experience of and aftermath of the fire, and each story includes a photo of the storyteller posed with an object that survived the fire or is reminiscent of it.

Stories URL: http://www.coloradospringstogether.org/gallery/Scott-Hente.cfm
Organization or Project Description: About Colorado Springs Together
First Stories Posted: 2013
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1 in 3

The 1 in 3 campaign takes its name from the statistic that 1 in 3 women will have an abortion during their lifetime. It collects written and video testimonials by women who have had abortions, and describes its rationale as so: “By encouraging women who have had abortions to end their silence, share their stories, and start a new and more personal conversation about abortion in our society, the 1 in 3 Campaign will help create a more enabling cultural environment for the policy and legal work of the abortion rights movement.” The campaign is a project of Advocates for Youth, an organization focused on reproductive and sexual health for young people in the US and globally. The written stories are aggregated into a book.

Stories URL: http://www.1in3campaign.org/en/
Organization or Project Description: About the Project
First Stories Posted: 2014
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Stories of Hope

The American Cancer Society, under the “Find Support and Treatment” tab of its website, offers a collection of “Stories of Hope” from cancer survivors. The stories are written as profiles, and typically tell the story of a survivor’s diagnosis and treatment. The articles contain links to information relevant to the story, including cancer types, treatments, and side effects, and more relevant links are included in a static sidebar that appears next to each story.

Stories URL: http://www.cancer.org/treatment/survivorshipduringandaftertreatment/storiesofhope/
Organization or Project Description: American Cancer Society Support and Research Page
First Stories Posted: 2010
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Freedom to Marry

The marriage equality organization Freedom to Marry collects stories from same-sex couples in the US, especially from states in which same-sex unions are not legal. The stories, told as photoessays, have vibrant and intimate photos, and are prominently featured in the organization’s communications.

Stories URL: http://www.freedomtomarry.org/story
Organization or Project Description: Freedom to Marry Home Page
First Stories Posted: 2013
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Keeping Families Together

Keeping Families Together is a collection of personal experience narratives about the effects of US immigration policies on families. The collection is a project of the well-respected Center for Community Change, and is described, on the story collection website, as “encourag[ing] people to share their personal stories and empower[ing] them by building a community to advocate for immigration reform.” Stories are contributed by affiliated organizations, and website visitors can also create and upload their own videos. The collection includes both English and Spanish-language stories.

Stories URL: http://www.keepingfamiliestogether.net/immigrant-stories/
Organization or Project Description: About the Project
First Stories Posted: 2013
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You Can Go

You Can Go is a collection of video narratives told by students who overcame financial obstacles that can keep students from attending college. The stories are featured prominently on the You Can Go website, a campaign that resulted from a partnership between the College Board and The Education Conservancy. Each video is broken into shorter snippets, and the highlights of each student’s story is summarized in text. Site visitors can sort the stories by key obstacles to college access, including cost and grades. The College Board later incorporated some of these stories into their College Board’s Big Future campaign.

Stories URL: http://youcango.collegeboard.org/stories
Organization or Project Description: NY Times Article about the Project
First Stories Posted: 2011
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I Had Cancer

I Had Cancer is an online community for people affected by cancer, including those who identify as survivors, fighters, and supporters. The project was initiated by Mailet Lopez, who before being diagnosed with breast cancer at age 33, had co-founded a digital design agency. Members of the community create a profile in which they write a bio and upload a personal photograph; they may also share a more in-depth testimonial in their “Journal” area, which is viewable only by those in the member’s “circle.” The project is an interesting example of online peer-to-peer education and support. It has received a good bit of press attention, and received a Webby Award in 2013 for the Best Community Website.

Stories URL: http://www.ihadcancer.com/
Organization or Project Description: About the Project
First Stories Posted: 2011
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Saving the Sierra

Saving the Sierra: Voices of Conservation in Action was a public media and citizen storytelling project focused on the geographic region around the Sierra Nevada mountains. The stories are short audio reflections in which an individual with connection to the Sierra–among them ranchers, native tribes, loggers, schoolteachers, and professional environmentalists–describe this connect and share their views on conserving the region. Some of these stories were collected at a mobile “storybooth” that traveled around the region, and the stories are archived on the project website.

Stories URL: http://www.savingthesierra.org/storybooth/map
Organization or Project Description: About the Project
First Stories Posted: 2007
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