Telling Stories. Reducing Recidivism. Creating Leaders.
- 75% – 93% of all incarcerated youth have experienced childhood trauma.
- In 2017, the cost of incarcerating one young person was $133,000 per year.
- Right now, more than half of all the youth incarcerated in Illinois will be back behind bars within three years after release.
Storycatchers has a better idea.
We strive to reduce recidivism by empowering court-involved youth to write, produce, and perform their true stories of growing up in Chicago’s most impoverished neighborhoods. Through our award-winning, clinically-supported process, they learn valuable job skills, overcome their histories and become self-advocating leaders and agents of change within the community.