WHAT IS THE SHARING HISTORY INITIATIVE?
The Sharing History Initiative introduces oral history and social justice storytelling to under-resourced classrooms and communities around the United States by providing educators, storytellers, and advocates with free books and free culturally relevant curricula.
This national book placement program has placed 4,200 copies of our books in more than 150 schools and organizations around the U.S. since 2015, and offers a dynamic approach for teaching and learning our most pressing human rights issues.
The Sharing History Initiative is made possible with the generous support of the Germanacos Foundation and the Abundance Foundation.
APPLICATIONS FOR 2020: SOLITO, SOLITA
In a political climate that threatens the safety and rights of immigrant communities in the U.S., many educators are searching for resources that address these issues in ways that are culturally relevant and meaningful to the students they serve. To address this need, the 2020-2021 Sharing History Initiative will offer teaching resources and free class sets of Solito, Solita: Crossing Borders with Youth Refugees from Central America. Each set will also include one copy of our methodology book, Say It Forward: A Guide to Social Justice Storytelling.
Applications are open from May 1 – June 21, 2020.
PREVIEW: Click to read a story and see the curricula inside
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
The Sharing History Initiative is geared toward public schools, community colleges, universities, and education, human rights, or arts-based non-profits. By fostering these relationships, we aim to grow our national network of educators, storytellers, and social justice advocates.
See past and current participating schools and organizations here.
The initiative connects participants with dynamic resources, including:
- Free Common Core-aligned curricular resources (including The Power of the Story and our Oral History Resource Guide for English Language Learners)
- The Voice of Witness Book Club
- The Voice of Witness Learning Community
- Other Voice of Witness workshops