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Every person has a story.  Many of our stories include pain and sadness, but they also include strength and resilience.  Storiez helps inner city youth and others who have had difficult life experiences to create, voice, and honor their narratives. Storiez provides training and resources to trauma survivors, therapists, teachers, parents, and other community leaders.  Storiez also partners with the community in helping trauma survivors pull from their inner strengths to overcome life challenges. It supports people as they answer the questions: “Where have I been? Where am I now? Where do I want to be?”

Several elements make Storiez different from other trauma-informed approaches. Storiez is creatively engaging, strengths-based, person-centered, culturally sensitive, flexible, inclusive, and respectful.  Storiez strives to be on the cutting edge of creativity and innovation; it encourages trauma survivors to tap into their own strength and creativity in their journey to healing.


Check out these videos, which give additional insight into the Storiez approach:

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What are trauma survivors saying about Storiez?

“It was good to talk about all of the things I’ve been through. It helped me speak my mind and get my thoughts out. It made me feel better about myself because sometimes you can’t always hold stuff in. It was good getting it out and talking about it.”

-A trauma survivor from Philadelphia

 

“When I look back at my story, I realize how far I have come from being a very emotional kid to being a very positive and happy person.”

-A trauma survivor from South Jersey

 

“Something positive I got out of my story was that it helped me heal. I don’t have to second-guess my thoughts or feelings. Me writing a book with the help of my therapist helped me in many ways. My book helped me to open up and talk about things. This book was the start to my healing process. It was hard, but as it came to an end, it gave me a positive reason to keep going.”

-A trauma survivor from Philadelphia

 

“The book reminds me…when I first open it…of pain, abuse. When I get past those chapters, I see my success, my achievements. Sometimes I have to go back to that book. I look back and I say to myself ‘Look y’all, I made it.’ I have to go to the end of the chapters to remember the good. Because the beginning is always going to have the pain and the hurt in it. The book lets me know that I survived. It lets me know that I can keep surviving. I just have to remind myself.”

-A trauma survivor from Camden, NJ

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