About VOW Consulting

Through our consulting and services, Voice of Witness offers expert storytelling and program support to educators, nonprofit organizations, social justice advocates, foundations, and more. These consultancies emphasize the power of sharing stories and promote empathy, understanding, and action by building strong connections between people and communities. We work with clients to develop customized, interactive projects, workshops, and activities, using VOW’s award-winning oral history methodology to advance their missions and promote positive social change. Note: To account for the current difficulties posed during the COVID-19 crisis, VOW is able to adapt certain offerings and consultancies to operate virtually. Please contact us for more information.

Past Consultancy Partners

100 Cameras

826 Valencia

Aim High

Alliance for Girls

Amos Alonzo Stagg High School

Bronx Documentary Center

Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

Haverford College

Magnum Foundation

Oakland Unified School District

PUENTE Project

San Francisco Unified School District

Sequoia Senior Living Project

The Sojourn Project

Stanford Human Rights Law Clinic

Tibetan Resettlement Stories

University of California San Francisco Memory and Aging Center, Global Brain Health Institute

University of San Francisco School of Education

The Whitman Institute

1. Workshops and Trainings:

Short 2 hour facilitated workshops or full-day trainings to help your organization with:

  • Guided oral history-based activities to promote empathy, active listening, and inclusion in your work
  • Storytelling projects to partner with and amplify the voices of your constituents
  • Development of advocacy, communications, and fundraising materials that best share your organization’s story

2. Curricular Support:

Voice of Witness has extensive experience working with schools and organizations to create curricula and activities that increase student engagement in the classroom, including:

  • Curriculum design that promotes social and emotional learning
  • Oral history projects that address the need for inclusive, culturally relevant, arts-based learning
  • Program development to support English Language Learners
  • Programs for community engagement

3. In-depth Engagements and Projects:

Voice of Witness staff excels at applying our oral history methodology to support organizations seeking to amplify the voices of the people and communities they serve. We will work with you to develop and guide in-depth storytelling projects that expand on the workshops, trainings, and/or curricular support examples. Below, learn about three sample past consultancy engagements.

Consultancies in Action

San Francisco Unified School District:

Since 2018, the VOW Education Program has collaborated with the SFUSD teachers and librarians to bring VOW’s human rights oral history books and methodology to middle and high schools around the city. The consultancy began with professional development sessions inviting teacher-librarians and classroom educators from school sites, which grew into curricular units and oral history projects developed with ongoing educator support from the VOW Education team. Thirteen teachers and teacher-librarians at six schools have received support from VOW so far. The projects have included photo essays, podcastsoral history cookbooks, public presentations, and written narratives.

Sequoia Living
Sequoia Living:

Working with Sequoia Living, a nonprofit that offers housing and services to impacted senior citizens in San Francisco, VOW has created an intergenerational storytelling project that consists of oral history workshops and visits between Sequoia Senior housing sites and students from Ida B. Wells High School. The project focuses on relationship building among seniors and students through the co-creation of narrative art, including oral history, poetry, photography, drawing, and more. This collaborative art-making process provides opportunities for students to develop their communication skills as well as their creative literacy and social-emotional learning skills. Learn more about this intergenerational storytelling project.

The hear/say project began as a year-long collaboration between VOW and the UCSF Memory and Aging Center through the Hellman Visiting Artist Program, and it culminated in a book of powerful first-person narratives from the perspectives of people with dementia, caregivers, health care providers, researchers, and more. The partnership grew into a collaboration with the Global Brain Health Institute and their Atlantic Fellows, who received professional development and training from VOW and went on to interview people across six countries about aging, dementia, art, work, and life. The storytelling project resulted in a second, multilingual hear/say book and event that shed light on the personal and rarely heard day-to-day experiences of aging and dementia from a global perspective. Learn more about the hear/say project.

Interested in working with Voice of Witness?

For additional information and rates, please contact Director of Institutional Partnerships and Strategy Kathleen Brennan.

Praise for VOW Consultancies

“Voice of Witness does incredible work. I have personally seen transformation in people who have been trained and educated by VOW.”

Jeff Steinberg, Founder and Executive Director of Sojourn Project

“Several residents have cried telling their social workers how this is the best thing that’s happened to them in a long time.”

Taryn Patterson, Sequoia Living Intergenerational Specialist

“Through this project I have learned the value of oral history and how it has the power to show us more about different stories and perspectives. [It] allows us to connect with different narratives because we look deeper into people’s lives. We see the complexity of every individual and their stories.”

M.L., a 12th grader