by Kaitlyn Fowler
I believe in stories. I believe in the art of storytelling. I believe that stories are always changing, evolving and continuing. I believe that many people can, and should, tell stories. I believe that no person sees a story the same as another, and no person tells a story the same as another. I believe the differences are important.
Everything that I am involved in and passionate about is a way to tell stories. Theatre, speech and debate, photography and journalism are vessels that I, and many others, use to share stories with the world.
My first day with the Youth Media Project was later than that of many others, but I quickly fell in line with everybody’s purpose: telling stories. Our main focus for the day was racism, particularly how the systematic oppression of people of color affected every aspect of people’s lives and thought processes, no matter their race.
All of us have our individual stories and ideas that affect who we are as people, but pieced together and expanded, our individual stories become something bigger and more powerful than we can ever imagine. We can all tell our own stories in whatever form we choose, but one voice will never be as loud as that of many.I believe in stories. I believe in the art of storytelling. I believe that with the right people, the right platform and the right words, mountains can be moved. With only one day of involvement under my belt, I believe that the Youth Media Project and everyone involved have what it takes to move mountains.