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

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Indigenous Youth Use Storytelling to Empower Others to Find their Voice

Storytelling is a universal connector that transcends time and distance. It is the basis of culture—providing insight to where traditions, ceremonies, and rituals began. And it allows people to connect with the history of their heritage, to understand who they are and where they came from. Indigenous youth rely on storytelling to foster connection with their ancestors and carry on the legacy of their people … Continue reading Indigenous Youth Use Storytelling to Empower Others to Find their Voice

“We All Can Be Storytellers” — How One Teacher Uses Storytelling to Improve Equity and Access

This post was written by Dr. Yajaira Fuentes-Tauber. A few years ago, I started to become interested in photography, and that year for Christmas, my father-in-law gave me the National Geographic Photo Ark book. Around the same time, our local children’s museum happened to have an exhibition on the Photo Ark. Looking at the photos of the species at risk, I realized that my 1-year-old … Continue reading “We All Can Be Storytellers” — How One Teacher Uses Storytelling to Improve Equity and Access

Storytelling Is Essential in the Fight for Social Justice

This post was written by 2020 Young Explorer Zoë Jenkins. In middle school, I was placed into the gifted program. To me, it seemed like administrators put the gifted students into some of the lowest-performing schools in the district. The kids in the gifted program tended to be bussed in from the other side of town, and I felt like we were unfairly placed on … Continue reading Storytelling Is Essential in the Fight for Social Justice