YRCIVC and its Collaborative Partners – Community Home Assistance to Seniors (CHATS) and the York Region District School Board (YRDSB), with funding provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, are staging the two-year Making Connections Storytelling York Region intergenerational project designed to assist seniors’ digital literacy, and provide Storytelling, Oral History, Digital Story skills, and Community Reporting instruction to seniors and youth. The key objective of this multifaceted project is to create community through sharing and listening to each other’s stories.

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Why is this project good for York Region?

It is said every time someone tells a story, it creates community by creating lines of connection. Story by story, this is what Making Connections YR is doing – connecting generations, our many diverse cultures, and each other.

A story presumes a community of listeners who will recognize some experience that they have lived or can imagine living in the narrative. It is a call and response … where the teller tosses out a community-gathering, a community-presuming device, in other words a story, in the hope that the group of listeners will respond by becoming “we.”  – Christopher Maier http://healingstory.org/creating-community-through-storytelling/

The project will;

  • provide seniors, students, supporting teachers and agency staff story-telling training so that they may enjoyably tell and share their personal stories with families, friends, or caregivers
  • teach seniors to about basic communication, information sharing, and conveniences available to them using today’s Internet, and hand-held digital tablet devices
  • provide seniors and students and project collaborative partner-supporting agencies staff the ‘how-to’ methods and skills to gather, digitally record, and share their own, their peers, and senior-youth combined stories
  • provide an interactive online community platform to allow seniors and students to share their stories, voices, conversations and reporting with the larger community
  • create ‘leave behind’ project learnings, techniques, and other applications including Storytelling, Train-the-Trainer, Digital Literacy, Digital Storytelling, an online Community Space, and Collaboration tools for local non-profits to harness

Collaborating Partners

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