In 2010, GOJoven and the Center for Digital Storytelling’s Silence Speaks initiative began the Youth Leaders Speak project, which emphasizes the importance of personal narratives as tools for education, youth mobilization, and advocacy on behalf of adolescent sexual health and rights. Through the project, GOJoven and Silence Speaks led two digital storytelling workshops with selected GOJoven Fellows who came together in four-day sessions to record first-person accounts of what led them to the field of youth health, collect images and video clips with which to illustrate their stories, and learn how to edit these materials into the short videos presented here.
The spirit of Youth Leaders Speak is one of partnership and support for youth across Central America and globally. The storytellers generously offered their time and creativity to create these stories. Please feel free to share them, as long as you are not doing so for commercial purposes. When you share the stories, please remember to acknowledge GOJoven and Silence Speaks as the producers.
Sharing the Stories:
The content of many of the Youth Leaders Speak stories is very sensitive – they touch on issues like HIV and abortion stigma, grief and loss, and violence and abuse. They are not suitable for viewing by young children. GOJoven and Silence Speaks highly recommend that if you wish to screen the stories, you make use of the project’s “Guide for Facilitators,” which offers a wealth of useful information for how to integrate the digital stories starting point for sharing stories as tools for provider training, community health education, and advocacy related to improving adolescent sexual and reproductive rights. Our hope is that those who view these powerful stories will be inspired to take individual and collective action towards building safe and healthy communities.
If you’re thinking of screening these stories, please:
Jorge grew up with his father’s parents, who verbally abused and beat his mother. When Jorge’s father returned home from the United States, he began to beat Jorge. In his story, Jorge talks about [...]