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Stories: YES

Stories from Main Street: Youth Engagement and Skill-Building

What is It?

Each Spring, young people across the country engage their communities to discover and digitally document their unique history by utilizing new professional equipment. Organizations hosting a MoMS exhibition are invited by Humanities Councils to submit a proposal for Stories: YES.

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Digital Stories

Since 2012, hundreds of young people in 15 states have created digital stories and shared them online. Watch a few example youth stories by clicking each exhibition name below or browse all the stories created by youth.


Hometown Teams

The Way We Worked

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Program Resources

Interested in finding out more about how Stories: YES works or need more information for your storytelling projects? Check out the resource page to find ways to engage partners, digital story ideas and other tools to help you plan.

Planning and Inspiration

This project and working with these three young women is the highlight of my career.

- Program Manager, Lanesboro, Minnesota


Submissions for 2020 have closed but will reopen in the Spring for participation in 2021. If you're interested in creating a storytelling project with youth, contact your MoMS state organizer or email Sydney Thatcher for details.



Stories: YES has a flexible timeline and can be implemented either before or after an organization hosts their exhibition. Funding is usually available starting in January.

  • MoMS exhibitions provide the subject framework for youth digital stories.
  • Video stories are most common and the ideal length is 3-5 minutes each.
  • Participation has been successful with youth aged 5th to 12th grade.

Watch an online introduction to Stories: YES (16 minutes). Please note it was recorded in 2017 but the same details are applicable.

What It Does

Stories: YES can effect community engagement in impressive ways. Review highlights from the 2016 evaluation, including impacts on youth and their communities.

BEFORE Stories: YES 34% of kids agreed that adults listened to young people. AFTER Stories: YES 82% agreed that adults listen to young people.

How It Works

Stories: YES is a flexible program, designed to work with your organization's existing resources. Its goal is to help you strengthen or develop new relationships, particularly with kids, youth groups, teachers, or schools.

Youth connect with and appreciate the value of local host organizations:

  • Learn research and interviewing skills through host organization resources or other partner resources.
  • Learn how to create a nonfiction narrative, creating a connection to local history and understanding its significance.
  • Learn how to participate professionally in the community.
  • Learn how to use new equipment and software to develop a digital story.
Submit a Proposal

The Proposal Guidelines contain detailed submission information such as what things to consider as you answer the Proposal questions. Download in the following formats:


Word Document

You may also include in-kind matches with your proposal. See this template for match ideas.

For the 2021 cycle, the proposal deadline is June 26, 2020. You will be informed by early July if your proposal has been selected to move forward with Stories: YES.

Submit your proposal to Sydney Thatcher, Stories: YES Program Coordinator at

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