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Storycatchers’ Secret to Preparing Young, First-Time Voters

The 2020 Presidential Election is the opportunity for the young people we work with to gain another critical life skill – participating in our democracy. The Storycatchers Changing Voices ensemble is gearing up to be the newest generation of voters. Voting for the...

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The Inspiration Behind YOU CAN’T KILL OUR SONG

We all felt the pain when through the window of our media, we watched a white policeman push his knee into George Floyd's neck, for an eternity. And we realized we were witnessing a murder by the police.  Again. I can’t breathe. The world held its breath with him and...

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About the New Music in I AM NOT YOUR HOMIE

When COVID-19 responses started closing facilities in mid-March, Storycatchers Theatre staff made the decision to shift all programming to virtual meetings and performances. This pivot came on the heels of preparation for the final performance of the musical I AM NOT...

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The Show Goes On.

The Show Goes On.

This time period is often described as unprecedented, uncertain, the new normal. Many have adapted to the current circumstances – social distancing, wearing masks to grocery shop, and finding a fine balance between keeping up with current events and keeping up with...

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Leaving Zacatecas – A Walk Across the Border

Written by Alvaro P. - A member of the Firewriters Ensemble ––– Damon was our first son together. I walked across the border, Never asking ‘if’ or ‘whether’ I walked away from Zacatecas To find mi hermano it was easy, facil I had no papers, no big deal --- LEAVING...

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The Very Model of a Modern Major General

We missed seeing J. in our Storycatchers program for a few weeks - he was busy doing other things. He is part of a special group of young men at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center called the Ambassadors. They're long-term residents of the facility who are...

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The Magic of Ensemble – How Did We Get Here?

The Magic of Ensemble – How Did We Get Here?

The members of the Temporary Lockdown Ensemble stood united at the curtain call, radiating pure joy. They were so proud of themselves, and deservedly so, for the performance they had just given of “Conscience Versus the Double Life.” The teachers of the Nancy B....

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Jawaun Joins Mayor Lightfoot’s Chicago Youth Council

Jawaun Joins Mayor Lightfoot’s Chicago Youth Council

We are thrilled to share that Jawaun Stamps, a 19-year-old Changing Voices Ensemble Member and Peer Mentor, was appointed to Mayor Lightfoot’s Youth Council as a youth advocate. He was one of 23 young people from across the city selected for the council. It's hard to...

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Storybox #2 – Stone Temple Baptist Church in North Lawndale

Storybox #2 – Stone Temple Baptist Church in North Lawndale

Storycatchers installed a second Storybox in Chicago – this one is in the city’s North Lawndale neighborhood. Stone Temple Baptist Church is a neighborhood pillar, and its pastors welcomed the addition of a Storybox to their newly revitalized community garden space...

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What is Case Management and Why is it Critical to Our Work? 

What is Case Management and Why is it Critical to Our Work? 

It can be easy to forget all the factors that go into being successful at work. When we discuss job skills we often consider time management, communication, and technological skills. However... What happens when you can't take public transit to work for fear of who...

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A Memo to Mayor Lightfoot

A Memo to Mayor Lightfoot

Mayor Lightfoot sent out a city-wide request for feedback about how to improve Chicago’s education system. Our young adults in Changing Voices, all of whom who have been through the public school system, wrote this memo about what her priorities should be.

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About our Musical Week with Samora Pinderhughes

About our Musical Week with Samora Pinderhughes

He sat in the middle of the rehearsal room behind a 76-key keyboard. He’s not a big guy, so he was mostly covered up by the keyboard, its speaker, and the snapback on his head sporting the words ‘Peace King.’ “Can I play a song for you?”

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Introducing Edmund Buck!

Introducing Edmund Buck!

We're thrilled to welcome alumnus Edmund Buck to our Board of Directors! When asked why he joined the Board, Edmund responded, "Learning of an opportunity for me to join the Board of Directors of Storycatchers Theatre filled me with great pride and joy. I am an...

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A Note From Cheri

January 15, 2019. It’s Tina’s first session with us. She is a 17-year-old Latina girl, with long hair with raspberry-colored streaks. She is quiet, respectful, pale, somber. She looks like she hasn’t slept in days. On her first Inside/Outside sheet, she writes that...

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3 Panels in 6 Days: Youth on the Mic

3 Panels in 6 Days: Youth on the Mic

Storycatchers is in the community in a big way this week. Victory Gardens. The Holocaust Museum. At a board member’s residence. Learn what our staff and youth are doing to inspire and create real change.

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