One Voice Nashville
One Voice Nashville builds bridges and closes gaps by valuing all voices through storytelling and narrative journalism.
Current and past partners include…
The Juvenile Justice Center, MetroArts, TrueCore, Conexion Americas, Studio NPL, Isaac Litton Middle School, Nashville After Zone Alliance (N.A.Z.A.), KIPP Academy, Pearl Cohn High School, LEAD Cameron, University School of Nashville, Harpeth Hall Academy, Father Ryan High School, & Lipscomb Journalism Camp.
WHAT DO WE DO?
Here’s how our curriculum works—
Our curriculum moves through the following 3 sections: “My Story”, “Your Story”, and “Our Story”. Each section builds on the previous section as students produce individual projects
I. Oral Storytelling: “My Story”
Students practice telling a personal narrative, eventually without notes, following the 5 elements of a story: Characters, Setting, Conflict, Plot, & Theme
II. Narrative Journalism: “Your Story”
Students learn how to conduct an interview with a community member one-on-one about a topic the student chooses to explore. These interviews are recorded in audio form and can later be used for podcast production.
III. Community Storytelling: “Our Story”
Students explore the connection to community engagement through the lens of story, both through oral storytelling and narrative journalism. This is where we bring it “full circle” and empower students to engage in the evolving story of Nashville beyond their immediate circles of influence.
Students conduct individual presentations on the final day of program for friends and family. For presentations, students can choose to share about their interview and play some of the audio, or they can tell their crafted story, or both.
In the Summer…
BIG NEWS! We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Write Creations Group, LLC for an intensive summer internship. OVN Director Mary Margaret Randall is teaming up with Jackie Hansom to lead a cohort of 14-15 year olds in a six-week program. We’ll be diving into community storytelling and narrative journalism projects, along with developing youth workforce skills and partnering with other community organizations.
For interested youth: check out the Opportunity Now Nashville Portal to sign up:
ONE WEEK SUMMER CAMPS information below–
*June 3rd-7th @Father Ryan High School (8AM-12PM, middle school)
*June 17th-21st @Franklin Road Academy (12-3PM, middle school)
*June 24th-28th @University School of Nashville (12:30-4PM, high school)
*July 8th-12th @Harpeth Hall (1-4PM, middle school girls)
Read more: Summer Camp: From the Eyes of Ella!