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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.

An educational nonprofit dedicated to introducing new audiences to their literary heritage, People & Stories/Gente y Cuentos runs programs in residential treatment facilities, prisons, homeless shelters, libraries, and senior centers. By engaging people in dialogues about literary short stories, the organization encourages vulnerable adults and youth to explore their life experiences while building confidence and important cultural competencies. A series of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities has helped People & Stories/Gente y Cuentos expand into new states and reach new audiences.

“What meant the most to me was someone finally allowed you to express the way you feel about things and how you could relate to a story.”
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