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Youth Activism Project Presents:

for change dmv

June 15, 2024 10:00AM-6PM

Silver Spring Civic Building
at Veterans Plaza
(near the Silver Spring Metro Station)

What is Storytelling for Change DMV?

Storytelling for Change DMV, an in-person workshop where youth and adult participants will learn the art of Public Narrative. Public Narrative is a leadership practice created by community organizer and Harvard professor, Marshall Ganz, as a way for activists to tell their stories about a certain issue and move an audience to be inspired to fight along with the cause. The full-day event will foster community cohesion, deepened relationships between various stakeholders throughout the region, an increased awareness about the issues most impacting our region, and pathways to tangible action.

Event Benefits

Hands-on learning of cutting-edge storytelling and leadership technique

Increased intergenerational community impact in the long-term



Inspiring youth speakers

Breakfast and lunch will be provided

Transportation support for those who need it

Why is YAP organizing this event?

To teach youth AND adult change-makers in the DC/Baltimore area a leadership practice developed at Harvard to help community leaders increase their impact.

Who can attend this event?

This is an all-ages event, children under 13 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian and each party must fill out the application (just denote that the applications are linked).

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“Learning public narrative has been hands down one of the most useful and comprehensive tools I've learned in YAP workshops. I use it in elevator pitches, one-on-ones with community members, applications, interviews, my writing and even more. This isn't just a skill for advocacy–but strengthening human connection.”

- Avery Smedley,
Full-Ride Robertston Scholar at Duke University

Registration Rates

YAP has made sure that cost is not a barrier to attendance. We encourage individuals or organizations to "pay what you can." We also welcome volunteering as a substitute for payment, roles for which we detail in the application.

In selecting who will attend this space-limited workshop, we will be need-blind. That means your ability to pay is NOT a factor in our selection process. Suggested rates are as follows:

$125 per participant for individuals or small organizations (budgets/revenue at or below $500k)

$250 per participant for large organizations (budgets/revenue above $500k)

Check in and Breakfast
Public Narrative Keynote from Youth & Other Introductory Remarks
Story of Self Lesson
Story of Self Small Group
Story of Self Shareout
Story of Us Lesson
Story of Us Small Group
Story of Us Shareout
Story of Now Lesson
Story of Now Small Group
Linked Narrative Small Group
Linked Narrative Shareout
Story of Now Shareout
Linked Narrative Lesson
Reflections and Closing
Snack and bio break

Please fill out the application by June 12, 2024. All applicants will be notified of whether or not they’ve been selected to attend the workshop no later than June 13.

If you have any questions, please reach out to

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