RAISEvoices

 

Objective

RAISEvoices is an opportunity for RAISEyouth to create an inspirational and thought-provoking presentation that focuses on the telling of youth stories and the sharing of life skills vital to a healthy, compassionate, and mindful life at any age!

THE PROCESS

WATCH AND DISCUSS

Watch the storytelling and life-hack videos provided for you in the resource guide. Facilitate a discussion using the questions provided. Feel free to share a few examples of your favorite storytelling or life-hack videos.

PRESENTATION TYPE

True Stories – a single day or evening event on a specific theme with a curated list of speakers that have workshopped stories together over a period of time.

Life Hacks – a week of in-class presentations sharing Life Hacks that offer positive alternatives to high- risk behaviors.

RAISE Open Mic – a special event or series where participants share inspirational stories, songs, poems, or monologues of triumph, hope, and perseverance.

WRITE AND PRACTICE

Using the writing prompts and/or story outlines in the resource guide, draft your presentations. Using the performance guide, practice and prepare your presentations for the stage.

PROMOTE

  1. Create digital and physical fliers.
  2. Share on the morning announcements.
  3. Each member should personally invite 20 people

PRESENT

  1. Speak with confidence
  2. Take pictures and record video post #RAISEvoices
  3. Know that your words are changing lives and making the world a better place

Project Resource Guide

WATCH AND DISCUSS

STORYTELLING VIDEOS

1. The Moth Presents Alfonso Lacayo: The Bad Haircut

2. Aleeza Kazmi The Moth High School GrandSLAM 2015

Questions for Video 1 and 2:

  1. Describe how you felt immediately after the video.
  2. What did the storyteller do that kept the audience’s attention?
  3. What was the overall lesson learned by the storyteller and audience?

3. The Moth Presents: Community Program in Seattle

Questions for Video 3:

  1. Discuss the different stages of the rehearsal process. What might you want to emulate?
  2. Discuss the atmosphere on the night of the performance. What things did the organizers do to make the event seem welcoming and authentic? (Think host, lighting, stage set up, audience seating)

EXTRA VIDEOS

  1. Micaela Blei StorySLAM Winner– Theme: Altered
  2. That Moment I Opened Up About Suicide

LIFE HACK VIDEOS

  1. BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO MEDITATION
  2. How to Stop a Panic or Anxiety Attack – Deep Breathing Technique

Questions for Video 1 and 2:

  1. How did the presenter tie their topic in with their personal life?
  2. What were some of the effective ways the presenter used to teach their life hack?

PRESENTATION TYPE (THINGS TO CONSIDER)

True Stories:

  • Theme
  • Date, length, and venue
  • Create a call for speakers (Diversity Matters)
  • Make sure that there is a fair and equitable way of choosing speakers
  • Create a story workshop and rehearsal schedule
  • Create physical and digital flyers
  • Photographer and videographer
  • Press release
  • Post-event wrap up

Life Hacks Presentation Ideas:

  • Mindfulness
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi
  • Gardening
  • Journaling
  • Hobbies
  • Running
  • Vegetarianism/Veganism

RAISE Open Mic:

  • Theme
  • Venue
  • Flyers
  • Host and special guest
  • Series vs. single event
  • Sign up before vs. sign up day of
  • Serve food vs. sell food
  • Videographer
  • Social media hashtag
  • Outreach to school performance groups
  • Admission fee
  • Can this be a fundraiser for a greater cause?