Last year, more than 100,000 individuals from all 50 states took part in StoryCorps' national education project that empowers high school students to record conversations with a grandparent or another elder over a single holiday weekend. Working with teachers and students, they preserved tens of thousands of priceless intergenerational stories, and at a time when so many feel their voices aren’t - or weren’t - being heard, the project provides a national platform for listening and empathy.
Students will then be given an opportunity to upload their conversations directly into the StoryCorps Archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
“The Great Thanksgiving Listen will foster meaningful connections within families, communities, and classrooms, and has the potential to strengthen our national fabric at a time when we desperately need it,” according to StoryCorps Founder and President Dave Isay. “Students will come away from the project not only knowing more about their elders, and having reminded them that their lives and stories matter, but also having experienced first-hand the power of listening to bring people together.”
In 2016, Dave delivered a follow-up TED Talk in which he shared stories and lessons learned during the inaugural Great Listen. In front of a global audience he played clips of the diverse voices heard in interviews recorded in cities, suburbs, and small towns across the country united by their discussions of universal themes like childhood, family, love, military service, and loss.
This November The Great Thanksgiving Listen will be even bigger and better with a new Teacher Toolkit, upgrades to the app, and a Facebook page for teachers where we will answer questions and connect them with fellow educators.
Here’s how you can participate:
Click here to download the app and make history this November.
Follow StoryCorps on Facebook and Twitter using #TheGreatListen for interview tips, app updates, and highlights from the archives. Know a teacher that would like to participate? Invite them to the StoryCorps in the Classroom Facebook page.
For more information, visit storycorps.org.