I Am Somebody! is a youth organisation that uses storytelling to bring together 18 to 21 year olds from all races, cultures and classes in Cape Town. Using life and archetypal storytelling, the organisers run a two-year mentorship programme with young people to develop their self-awareness, get them to connect across the invisible barriers of race, culture and class to understand one another and build relationships based on compassion and trust. They help young people develop their innate gifts and then use these to address needs and issues in their own communities.
The mentees will research issues in their own communities and identify one area they would like to tackle. The group will then bring their individual research together and using the skills, knowledge and resources of all the communities represented, they will develop creative solutions to their problems. The organisation’s aim is to use the talents of all communities to start developing solutions to Cape Town’s problems from the ground up.
“Storytelling, you know, has a real function. The process of storytelling itself is a healing process, partly because you have someone there who is taking the time to tell you a story that has great meaning for them. Stories differ from advice, in that once you get them; they become a fabric of your whole soul. That is why they heal you.”
– Alice Walker
Visit Warren T Te Brugge’s blog to read a short article and watch a video clip.
RSVP to Toni Stuart on 071 5733 597 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, 21 July 2010.