Youth Development

Young Storytellers

Every Child Has a Story Worth Telling

Los Angeles, CA


Young Storytellers engages creativity through the art of storytelling. Using the timeless techniques of mentoring, collaboration, and performance we provide public school students with an opportunity to write stories and see them brought to life on stage or on film. Our mission is to inspire young people to discover the power of their own voice.

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Mr. William Thompson

Main Address

923 E. Third Street #307

Los Angeles, CA 90013 USA


arts education, youth development, storytelling, performance, elementary, theater, Hollywood, literacy, self-esteem, writing, reading, volunteer, creativity, mentor, english language learners,





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Arts education is a critical component of a well-rounded education. By engaging and developing all of a student's learning faculties, the arts:
Challenge imagination;
Give students the opportunity to explore ambiguity and emotion; and
Introduce critical thinking concepts such as interpretation, connection, engagement, and reflection.
In many public schools, however, a lack of consistent funding leaves students without access to the arts. A recent survey by public radio station KPCC noted that while arts education is a mandated part of the curriculum for Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), only 1 in 3 students receive full access to arts programming.
Bottom line: Students are not being given consistent access to programs that will help their developmental growth, aid their literacy, help control behavioral issues, and give them the potential to thrive at higher levels of academics.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Script to Stage Program

Day of Story

Story Lab

College Chapters

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Allow students to explore storytelling through writing work and play, imagination and innovation. Provide an individualized learning experience for our young writers; Give students an experience where they feel confident expressing themselves creatively; Empower students to share their story in their voice; Help our young writers view writing as something creative and fun (not just a school assignment); Enhance skills of social interaction, communication with peers and adults, and language (written and oral); Give students an opportunity to work together, and individually, toward a common goal; Connect working professionals and influential adult sponsors with students, giving both groups exposure to sections of their community of which they may otherwise not be aware. Give students of all ages a voice in their school and neighborhood communities. Allow students to experience the impact that their thoughts, feelings, and words can have on the world in which they live.

Young Storytellers believes in an overall strategy of depth of enrichment programming and sequential arts-education with follow-up. As such, we are building out program cycles that give students the chance to engage in different programs throughout the course of their primary school career.

Young Storytellers has harnessed the good will of more than 2,500 volunteers, who provide mentorship in all of our programs. Volunteer mentors work with students to create and perform original plays.

Currently, Young Storytellers has in place a number of evaluation and assessment tools, including pre/post testing, rubrics, in-person assessment and evaluation, and staff performance reviews. Management level staff meet weekly, with more focused and longer quarterly program reviews. These, plus newly developed evaluation tools, are applied to all of our programs.

We have grown from a scrappy group of committed volunteers to an established organization with a clear strategy and the staff and Board to execute it. As we endeavor to be more specific and intentional in our work, we have identified five strategic “pillars” which, over the course of the next three years, will provide structure for our ongoing efforts to support and amplify our students as they discover the power of their own voices. Pillar 1 - Program Sustainability & Development Pillar 2 - Human Capital Development Pillar 3 - Fund Development Pillar 4 - Marketing & Branding Pillar 5 - Data & Information Management

External Reviews



Young Storytellers

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

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Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?



Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?



Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


Organizational Demographics

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Race & Ethnicity

Indian, Middle Eastern

Sexual Orientation

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Diversity Strategies

We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
We have a diversity committee in place
We have a diversity manager in place
We have a diversity plan
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
We prioritize hiring teaching artists that reflect the demographics of our student body.