Much of the work of IF – past, present and future – centers on storytelling and active listening. On a human level, literacy has two purposes:
– To be seen and heard
– To see, hear and understand so that we do not feel alone.
Literacy has practical applications, and multiple literacy skills are necessary for a person to be a viable worker in our society, but what originally made humans literate was a need to connect to one another. Becoming literate, therefore, should not be a chore; it should be a pleasure. In order to pursue our goals of social emotional learning and academic support, we tap into the power of storytelling to incentivize the development of essential skills and empower youth voices. Stories come in many forms: in words, in colors, in movements, in sounds, and in numbers. Our programs explore multiple literacies across disciplines to engage students, develop their interests, build skills and confidence, and connect them to each other.