StoryCorps is an American non-profit organization whose mission is to record, preserve, and share the stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs.
StoryCorps, born with the opening of a StoryBooth in Grand Central Terminal in New York City in 2003, is now an invaluable archive of stories related to such themes as identity, diversity, prejudice, relationships, with focuses on Latinos communities, LGBT cultures, September 11, indigenous peoples, and more.
Launched in 2008, StoryCorps’ Griot Initiative became the largest collection of African American stories collected in history. The Griot Initiative documents the varied voices of people with roots in the African Diaspora living in the United States.
StoryCorps founder Dave Isay was named the recipient of the 2015 TED Prize. The prize was used to launch the free StoryCorps App.
As written in the website, “StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. The aim is to strengthen and build the connections between people, to teach the value of listening, and to weave into the fabric of culture the understanding that everyone’s story matters. At the same time, StoryCorps is creating an invaluable archive for future generations.”
On the website, you can also find animations, video-interviews, podcasts, as well as materials from StoryCorpsU, a year-long, cross-disciplinary youth development program designed to help students develop self and social awareness.
Read more here.
Find Dave Isay’s TED talk here.