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The Young Storytellers Foundation Volunteer Mentorship Program

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For a third consecutive season the International Screenwriters' Association is welcoming our screenwriting members to join the ISA Staff team to become a Young Storytellers Mentor in a Los Angeles area school! 

 

As a Young Storytellers Mentor, you'll get to share your skills and talents as screenwriters with children, helping them use storytelling as a creative and personal outlet. Watch this video we have produced to get an idea of the amazing program you will be getting involved in. 

 

What will you be doing? 

You’ll be going to a elementary school in the the downtown Los Angeles area one day a week, for nine weeks. You’ll be working with group of ten other mentors, all led by a trained Head Mentor who will teach you everything you need to know.

 

By the second session, you’ll be paired with a 5th grade student, who you’ll help guide through the process of writing a script. Mostly, this entails being an awesome secretary. They have the ideas — you just help them come out. 

 

In the 8th week, these scripts will be performed by professional actors in front of an auditorium full of fifth graders, teachers, parents and friends. This, we promise, will be awesome. But not as awesome as the smile on your mentee’s face as they watch their words come to life.

 

What’s the time commitment? 

One hour a week during your lunch hour, for nine weeks. In the 8th Week, there will be a Big Show. You’ll need to take 2-3 hours for this day. Available opening include:

Wednesdays at 1pm-2pm starting Sept. 9 

Fridays at 12pm-1pm starting Sept 25

Tuesdays at 1pm-2pm starting Oct 6 

IMPORTANT: Please tell us your preferred starting date when you register. 

 

The Young Storytellers Foundation develops literacy through the art of storytelling. Using group exercises and one-on-one mentoring, YSF provides underserved children in the public school system an opportunity to write stories and see them brought to life through performance. 

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WHY MENTOR?

 

Because arts education, indeed all education, is a right, not a privilege.

Because all students deserve equal access to the arts.

Because arts education is proven to deter delinquency, increase academic performance, and give students a greater chance of going to and graduating from college.

Because creative writing increases literacy.

Because without someone there to guide these students one-on-one, most of them would not finish.

Because they need you.

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