In January of 2018 we launched our first program.
WHO WE ARE
31 families with ...
51 kids from...
10 cities & towns.
WHAT WE DID
10 weeks with ...
2 Parent-Only Workshops,
4 family events &
HOW WE DID IT
13 Program Books,
13 Book Guides,
& many, many conversations.
MEASURING OUR IMPACT
Our program participants are given a PRE and POST program survey to help us gauge what impact Story Starters had on the three core goals of the program:
to increase the frequency of conversations within families about race and racism
to increase family's comfort in discussing race and racism
to start or increase family actions in standing up against racism & bias
HERE'S WHAT WE LEARNED ...
Families who participated in Story Starters reported an increase in frequency of the number of times adults and children had conversations about race or racism.
Introducing conversations about race and about difference isn't easy, even if you believe it is important. Story starters has helped us acknowledge this, and provided tools and language to support us. Incorporating books to generate conversation into our library in and of itself is a gift. The discussion guides that accompanied these books provided confidence I didn't fully appreciate I needed.
Story Starters enabled me to prioritize critical conversations about race and racism with my children. Not only did I feel better prepared when faced with tough conversations, but I also proactively sought opportunities to engage in these topics.
Families who participated in the pilot reported an increase in comfort in talking about race and racism as a family unit.
This experience enabled us, as parents, to learn ways to approach injustices like racism with our children and initiate conversations about taking action and being an upstander.
Parents who participated in the pilot reported an increase in preparedness in addressing issues of race and racism with their children. We learned that some of our families need additional support and time together to take action as a family.