A LinkedIn Transformation Grant with the Boys & Girls Club of SF
Photographer: Dean Ichikawa
Great ideas can transform the world.
For centuries, the best way to
communicate world-changing ideas has
been through stories.
You’re a 15-year-old youth in the city of San Francisco…but you don’t
have the support you need at home…
Your parents work not one, but two jobs to provide for the family. They
rely on you at home to help feed and care for your younger brother and
Imagine, you will be the first member of your family to go to college. So,
you’ve taken the most advanced classes you can to do well, but the kids
in those classes are different from you.
What will you do to build confidence and succeed in passing those
courses and getting into a great college and eventually landing a great
What if Storytelling could support your success?
Storytelling is a skill that helps foster young people’s character, personal growth and
leadership qualities. It also helps them deliver more effective job and academic
A new workshop
So, we went out and designed a
workshop for the youth at the Boys &
Girls Club to help them tell their story.
The first part of our project
On Friday, February 28th, we spent time with the leaders at the Boys & Girls Club of
SF. We invested in their development to help lead storytelling workshops at the
Jonah kicked off our workshop. He’s a
world renowned storyteller,
entrepreneur and is the CEO of Free
Range. Jonah told us the incredible
story of his grandfather, who was
awarded a bronze star in WWII.
The Hero’s Journey
Jonah walked us through the three parts of all great stories.
Act 1: The Hero Setup
• Identify the environment, people and flaws from where the hero begins
• Introduce unfulfilled goals and begin building a turning point (call to adventure)
• Use your example
Act 2: The Hero Encounters Roadblocks
• Identify roadblocks that may prevent the hero from achieving his/her goals
• Begin thinking about how the hero can overcome roadblocks
• Use your hero as an example
Act 3: Emerge Transformed
• Introduce the concept of transformation
• Identify ways the hero overcame roadblocks and fulfilled goals
• Use your hero as an example
Cherie is the Director of CoachArt, which is non-profit organization helping kids with
chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Cherie walked us through a Visual Life Map
that one of the kids in the CoachArt program designed.
After the overview of what great stories look like, we divided into groups to create our
We learned a lot about one another and had some fun.
In the village of OTeng, in China,
lived a little girl, named Yow Cheng,
who like every women of stature had
her feet bound at an early age as a
symbol of daintiness.
At the age of 5, however, she
rebelled and refused to have her
feet bound. She became an outcast
in the family and the village.
However, one day there was fire in
the attic and the only person who
could climb the ladder to save the
ancestral home was Yow Cheng.
Since that day, she got the respect
from her family, her peers and was
empowered to accomplish amazing
things, her own way and live the life
she’s chosen for herself.
We will roll this program out to many of the youth at Boys & Girls Club of
SF in a series of workshops throughout the year.
Natasha is a Director at the Boys
& Girls Club. I called her one
morning in January with this idea.
She embraced it and was central
to pulling this program together.
Thanks to the folks at Boys &
Girls Club of SF.
Your work inspires us. Thank you for
joining us for our first youth storytelling
Natasha Alani and the team at the Boys & Girls Club of SF
Jonah Sachs, CEO of Free Range
Laura Wall Klieves, VP Academy and Marketing, Duarte
Cherie Carter, Director, CoachArt
LinkedIn for Good – for your generosity
LinkedIn Team members – Aurelia Setton, Michelle Kloberdanz, Jill Sida, Shannon
Kato, Jordan Wolf, Rajon Tumbokon, Dean Ichikawa, Kayla Rosen, Brett Wallace