In 1989, brothers Seth and James Levy kicked off the first of two cross-country “Rides for Reading.” To promote reading and writing, they rode their bicycles cross-country, sharing storytelling, theater, and creative writing with groups of youth along the way. Since then, Streetside has helped over 15,000 students engage with learning by sharing their life stories.
Streetside Stories is an literacy arts education non-profit that uses storytelling, writing, theater, visual and media arts, and digital technology to help K-12 students in Bay Area public schools to develop their reading, writing and speaking skills. This year, our programs will reach 2,400 students.
We work in San Francisco & Oakland public schools teaching autobiographical writing and digital storytelling workshops during the school day and after school. Our curriculum is standards based, sequential, and fun! Each year we produce an anthology of student stories that is available at SF libraries and independent bookstores. We also produce a DVD anthology of mini-movies as part of our digital technology programs.
Mission: Through the power of storytelling, Streetside Stories cultivates young people’s voices to develop literacy and arts skills, fosters educational equity, values diversity, and builds community.