Digital Storytelling: Harnessing Storytelling to Empower Through Community

Pitera, Allegra

For youths from Southwest Detroit, I held a digital storytelling workshop where students produced short videos over the course of 4 sessions. Students harnessed digital storytelling methodologies to tell their own powerful stories of how they became involved with their communities and how those connections changed their lives, and those around them, for the better. The content of their brief, written narratives describes a ‘moment of change’: a series of events that led to their being engaged with their community. Through the process, students honed their storytelling and technical skills but most importantly, they garnered confidence in the power of their ‘voice’.