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Restore Our Ocean With the 2021 ArcGIS StoryMaps Ocean Challenge Winners

The 2021 ArcGIS StoryMaps Challenge for Restoring Our Ocean, co-hosted by Esri and the National Geographic Society, encouraged high school students, college students, and individuals between the ages of 18 and 24 to create impactful stories that illuminate our ocean’s pressing problems, offer solutions, and inspire change. Explore our six winners below. Continue reading Restore Our Ocean With the 2021 ArcGIS StoryMaps Ocean Challenge Winners

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The Ocean Separates These Young Storytellers. It’s Also What Connects Them.

In October, the National Geographic Society brought together 31 youth from 14 countries around the world for a virtual Photo Camp focused on the theme of ocean connections. We talked to three Photo Camp students to learn how the experience helped them develop their storytelling skills and empowered them to use their voices to make an impact. Morgan Dethlefsen is from Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, Ciara Ratum is from the island of Oʻahu in Hawaiʻi, and Parwat Singh is from the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Continue reading The Ocean Separates These Young Storytellers. It’s Also What Connects Them.

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Finding Hope in My Fifth Graders’ Podcast Project: A Reflection

The students decided they wanted to build connections to the local land through discussions with Indigenous elders, community members, authors, and science experts. They wanted to help others connect with nature and one another. And they were curious enough to find ways to make this happen. Continue reading Finding Hope in My Fifth Graders’ Podcast Project: A Reflection

Changing the World One Photo at a Time: Reflections of a Youth Leader

The communities we visit have so many worthy stories but often no platform to share them. That’s where people like me come in. Sharing stories is a great privilege and responsibility, and it can make a difference. We’ve already seen it happen. Storytellers can change our world. Continue reading Changing the World One Photo at a Time: Reflections of a Youth Leader

Old Photos, New Meaning: Why I Revisited My Storytelling Roots

National Geographic Education staff member Jean Shapiro Cantu wrote this post. When the scans arrived, feelings of excitement and joy washed over me.  Living in New York City in the 1970s, I took thousands of black-and-white photos of street life—of fathers with their children, workers on lunch break, and sunrises reflecting off skyscrapers. As I grew older and started a family of my own, I … Continue reading Old Photos, New Meaning: Why I Revisited My Storytelling Roots