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!



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.


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


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


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


  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




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)


Micaela Blei StorySLAM Winner– Theme: Altered

That Moment I Opened Up About Suicide



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?


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 the 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?



(This is just one suggestion feel free to research other workshops and prompts online)

Step 1: Create a shortlist of obstacles you’ve had to overcome at school, home, or any point during your life. If you can’t think of one personally, maybe there is a story of a close family member that has overcome something incredible in their lifetime.

Step 2: Include as many details as possible to answer the following questions.
WHO: are the people involved?

WHERE/WHEN: does this story take place? (There can be multiple times and locations)
WHAT: obstacle was overcome?
WHAT: positive personality traits where exhibited achieve to overcome the obstacle?
WHAT: was the overall lesson learned?

Step 3: Now write! (Remember, there is no absolute way to do this “right.” Just be honest and tell your story with as much detail as possible)

The Beginning: Establish the who where and when.

The Middle: Explained what happen and how it happened? (In other words, what was the obstacle, and why did it need to be overcome?)

The End: In conclusion, share the overall lesson learned.

Alternative story prompts: (Use the questions in Steps 2 and 3 to elaborate and fill in the details of your story)

Share about a time when…

  • Somebody did something kind for you.
  • You got something unexpectedly positive out of a not-so-good situation
  • The actions of a stranger inspired you
  • You forgave someone, or someone forgave you


  1. Start with why this should matter to the audience and what you have personally got out of it
  2. Give a brief overview of the entire process
  3. Go through the steps, one-by-one
  4. For each, describe it, then show it or have them do it with you
  5. (Optional) Discuss options, extras, or variations
  6. Allow time for Q&A (It’s okay if you don’t know the answer. Let the audience member know you will find the answer and get back to them.)
  7. Summarize briefly