Tips and tricks to sharing your story
Your story told in your own voice is by far the most powerful tool you have.
We all have a compelling story to tell and the story you choose share with others is your “public narrative.” Public narratives are stories told to inspire others to act. They communicate our values through the language of the heart and translate those values into action. While telling your story, try not to explicitly state your values but let your story lead us to them (for example, instead of saying you are a hard-worker, talk about staying up late to complete assignments.)
To help your audience feel connected to you, your experiences and your challenges, include specifics like time, place, mood, sound, color, texture, taste, and feel in your story. Adding these details also distracts from the specifics that you may not wish to include, like your last name or the name of your university. End your story with the urgent challenge we are called to face at this moment and include a description of how your audience can help change the lives of thousands of youth just like you.
Stuck writing your story? Check out the "Our Stories" section where we have personal narratives from over 80 immigrant youth from diverse backgrounds.
To submit your story send it in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org