We recognize that every young person embodies a universe of potential. But some of us start out with greater advantages than others. And when we define a young person by the worst mistake they have ever made, promising futures too often go unrecognized and unfulfilled.
If you have been to any of our performances or seen the work released online during the shutdown, you already know how remarkable the youth of Storycatchers are. If you haven’t – what are you waiting for? What you see and hear may surprise you. Sign up for our e-newsletter to learn about upcoming opportunities.
Whether we work with them in a secure facility or give them a job after they come home, Storycatchers provides a concrete framework upon which youth in the justice system can begin to imagine a better future. And because we provide life- and job-skills training as well as the joy of collaborative creation, when they leave us, they are ready for the next step.
Recent Storycatchers alumni have taken their lives in powerful new directions: graduating from City College, attending Loyola University, or enrolled in cosmetology school. Others have found employment with Windy City Harvest, local manufacturing plants, and FedEx. Not one of our January 2020 graduates has had any new arrests or involvement with the justice system – of any kind – in over a year.
Young people cannot plan for a future if they cannot imagine it. But their storytelling empowers them to envision and pursue lives that are meaningful, productive, and optimistic.