Ideas for getting young people to start telling their own stories.
- Ask participants to bring in objects, pictures that are important to them (past or present) and talk about them – why are they important? Helps young people realise that they all have a story to tell.
- Let young people photograph their own objects, with support from professional photographer, in a way that creates image they can use in their autobiography. Develop stories around the object / using object as starting point.
- Individuals search their mobile phones and choose an image that is important /interesting to them that they can use as the basis for a story
- Use Google maps. Show people how it works. Create a map. Let them pin on places which are significant to them. Add text box to say why. Add pictures to the pins.
- Create story boxes – in a cardboard box put a set of photographs. They can be downloaded from the web and laminated – they should not relate to a particular person. The photographs should include e.g. a child crying, a lot of people at a party, a wedding, someone very angry, a book, an athlete etc etc. The task is to use (a number) of photographs to illustrate a story about themselves.
- As above but add artefacts e.g a doctors appointment card, a birthday card, a wallet, a teeshirt…