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STORY GUIDELINES

Everyone has a story to tell but we’re specifically amplifying personal stories by BIPOC women, girls, and gender-nonconforming youth, ages 14 – 24. If this is you, read through the following themes and choose one that best suits each story you’re willing to share.

Themes

 

ACTIVISM: Tell us about your activist efforts to ignite positive change.

  • How are you civically engaged?
  • What issues are you passionate about?
  • Share a memorable moment from a protest, rally or advocacy campaign.
  • Tell us about the future you are advocating for.

 

COVID-19: We’re living through a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic that has upended our lives.

  • How has COVID-19 affected your life?
  • Have you lost someone you love?
  • How have you coped emotionally, socially or financially since early 2020?
  • What are you most looking forward to post-COVID-19?

 

CREATIVITY: Creative practices are unique to each individual. 

  • How do you use your imagination to express yourself?
  • Do you use creativity as a healing tool or as a way to meditate?
  • Do you use your creative practice as a way to process emotions?
  • How does your creativity influence how you live your life? 

 

DREAMS: Imagine feeling truly free. Describe a world free from all oppressive systems. 

  • How does liberation make you feel?
  • What dreams do you have for yourself?
  • What dreams do you have for your family?
  • What dreams do you have for your community?

     

    EXPERIENCES: Our lives are made up of small, every day moments. 

    • What experiences have shaped who you are?
    • What achievements have made you feel proud?
    • What moments have left a lasting impression on you?
    • Share an experience that brought you joy or hope for the future. 

     

    IDENTITY: Our identity is ever changing and evolving.

    • Tell us what identity means to you and how it informs your life.
    • How would you describe your sexual identity, cultural identity or gender identity?
    • How has your identity changed or evolved over time?
    • Are there aspects of your identity that you’re still trying to understand?

     

    SELF-CARE: More than ever, so many of us are prioritizing self-care.

    • What brings you joy?
    • What are your self-care practices?
    • How have you incorporated self-care into your life?
    • How are you struggling?

     

     

    If you would like to share your story, but you are not BIPOC girl or gender nonconforming youth between the ages of 14 -24, please visit www.us.breakthrough.tv/thegword/explore/ to upload your story.

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