25 Years, 25 Stories

In celebration of the organization’s 25th anniversary, the Homeless Prenatal Program created a series of short photo and video testimonials, which feature parents and kids giving first-person testimonies on how the organizations has helped them. The program also has a small set of Success Stories on its website.

Stories URL: http://www.homelessprenatal.org/news/25-years-25-stories
Organization or Project Description: Homeless Prenatal Program Home
First Stories Posted: 2014
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True Stories About Domestic Violence

The Australian Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria hosts a set of written stories organized by different themes: stories from women, women in lesbian relationships, women with disabilities, young people, and men. Many of these written testimonials follow a similar structure, first describing experiences, then “How I coped,” “How the situation changed,” “What helped me,” and “What I would say to others.” The young people’s stories are linked out to a separate campaign, Love: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

Stories URL: http://www.dvrcv.org.au/stories
Organization or Project Description: Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria Home
First Stories Posted: 2011
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Generation Five

Generation Five, a volunteer collaborative, that seeks a Transformative Justice approach to ending child sexual abuse, hosts a small collection of digital stories on their website. The stories, all personal narratives by survivors of abuse or their allies, were produced by Silence Speaks. These are all well-crafted and intense examples of digital stories.

Stories URL: http://www.generationfive.org/resources/digital-stories/
Organization or Project Description: About Generation Five
First Stories Posted: 2013
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Voices and Faces

The Voices and Faces Project describes itself as “a national documentary project created to give voice and face to survivors of sexual violence.” The project holds writing workshops in which survivors of sexual violence write and share testimonials. Some of these testimonials are edited into profiles, which are then contributed into an archive of survivor stories. The initiative regularly collates stories into substantial collections (e.g., a book, an audio documentary) and into public exhibits. The stories are integrated into the website of the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence.

Stories URL: http://www.voicesandfaces.org/
Organization or Project Description: Voices and Faces Mission
First Stories Posted: 2005
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Glover Program Success Stories

The Andrew Glover Youth Program is a New York City-based nonprofit that works with first-time juvenile offenders and other at-risk young people, developing for each young person a tailored plan to develop and avoid future bad decisions and incarceration. The program has a prominently featured “Success Stories” tab on their website, with the stories of eight young Glover Program alumni. The stories are told in a variety of different modes; some are videos, some are text and photo profiles, and some feature text, photos, and a video.

Stories URL: http://www.agyp.org/success_stories
Organization or Project Description: Andrew Glover Youth Program Home Page
First Stories Posted: 2012
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Throwback Summer

Throwback Summer was a storytelling contest organized by Caring Across Generations, an advocacy group for aging Americans, to celebrate Grandparents Day in the summer of 2014. The project gathered user-submitted photographs and short narratives about grandparents or other significant older adults, which were submitted in contest categories such as “Best Dressed,” “Most Talented,” “Most Inspiring,” and “Ahead of Their Time.” The contest and storytelling project is particularly appropriate to social media, and many of the submitted photos and stories circulated on social media platforms.

Stories URL: http://throwbacksummer.com/
Organization or Project Description: Caring Across Generations
First Stories Posted: 2014
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Still Serving

Still Serving is an online video series that creates monthly profile videos of veterans of the US military that are “still serving” their country through their volunteer or professional work. Each story profiles one veteran, and features the veteran retelling his or her military service and work after active duty. The series experiments with form; though all are 12-15 minutes long, and most are short documentary profiles, some are not particularly story-like, such as those that feature a host conducting a one-on-one interview with the featured veteran.

Stories URL: http://www.va.gov/opa/feature/stillserving/index.asp
Organization or Project Description: Videos page of the US Department of Veterans Affairs
First Stories Posted: 2013
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Tattoos on the Heart

The written “transformation stories” from the Tattoos on the Heart project tell the stories of members of Homeboy Industries, an organization that provides “hope, training, and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women, allowing them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of society.” The collection also contains stories of “featured friends,” who are Homeboy Industries volunteers, donors, and advocates.

Stories URL: http://tattoosontheheart.org/transformation-stories
Organization or Project Description: Homeboy Industries
First Stories Posted: 2013
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Nurse-Family Partnership Stories

The Nurse-Family Partnership connects first-time moms with a home-visiting nurse. The organization has collected written stories from first-time moms, new dads, and nurses to better describe the challenges faced by first-time parents and to show how the relationship with a nurse benefits the family. The stories have a journalistic tone to them, but give lots of details about the the situations and emotions experienced by new parents and their home-visiting nurses. Most of the stories are by first-time moms, but there are also several by expectant fathers and nurses. A number of stories are in both English and Spanish. The organization’s YouTube channel also features digital personal experience videos by new parents, as well as short interviews with nurses answering the question “Why am I a NFP nurse home visitor?”

Stories URL: http://www.nursefamilypartnership.org/First-Time-Moms/Stories-from-moms
Organization or Project Description: About the Nurse-Family Partnership
First Stories Posted: 2010
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Peace Corps Volunteer Stories

The Peace Corps has a large collection of volunteer stories, written first-person narratives from individuals who served. The stories tell details of their service and reflect on what the volunteer learned during there service. A few of the pieces read more like journalism than personal stories. The Peace Corps also maintains a Digital Library where current and returned volunteers can submit photos and written stories.

Stories URL: http://www.peacecorps.gov/volunteer/response/volstories/
Organization or Project Description: Press Release About the Digital Library
First Stories Posted: 2009
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