WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HAVE A VOICE?
First, it requires the ability to share your experiences about your life and in your neighborhood. Second, it requires those experiences to inform the understanding of your community. Third, it requires that this understanding can spark actions that can change the community. That’s what GoodVoice helps youth build through a series of in-person group workshops centered around storytelling, issue analysis, and design methods.
GoodVoice provides a responsive set of workshops and opportunities to develop creative skill sets, hold space for tough conversations, think critically, promote equity, and prototype solutions. With our lens focused on youth voice and direction, these workshops are being co-created and refined with every group or garden of young people that participate.
Ms. Rieck’s 7th hour Change Makers class at North Kirkwood Middle School collaborated with GoodVoice to design and execute a plan to poll the entire school. Their goal was to expand the conversation and dialog their small class was having as they spent the spring investigating social problems and considering their role in solving the ones important to them.
Global Ethos is a youth travel organization dedicated to engaging US-based students in transformative service-learning experiences abroad. GoodVoice collaborated with Global Ethos high school students meeting after-school at Grand Center Arts Academy to make a short documentary about their trip from STL to San Ramón, Nicaragua.
DISPLACED & ERASED
Displaced & Erased is a short film about the removal of Clayton’s black community. A senior capstone through documentary and community engagement by Emma Riley at Washington University. The movie is meant to legitimize the stories of people who used to live in Clayton and force Clayton’s residents to think deeply about their role in racial inequity in St. Louis.