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Reading Stories, Transforming Lives
A Story Talk group in a San Diego high school receives certificates acknowledging their completion of the program. Image courtesy of People & Stories/Gene Y Cuentos.

A Story Talk group in a San Diego high school receives certificates acknowledging their completion of the program. Image courtesy of People & Stories/Gene Y Cuentos.

Through a series of grants to People & Stories/Gente y Cuentos, an educational nonprofit dedicated to introducing new audiences to their literary heritage, the NEH has supported various projects, including the youth-focused Story Talk program. Hosted in 30 libraries across 11 states, this discussion program for at-risk youth begins with a reading of a short story to help participants reflect on personal experiences and communicate with their peers. Programs are offered in English and Spanish. In addition to those geared to youth, People & Stories/Gente y Cuentos runs programs that reach individuals in residential treatment facilities, prisons, homeless shelters, adult education programs, libraries, and senior centers.

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