Teaching Storytelling In Schools

3 Jul 2018 - By TW Staff

Warner Bros. just announced a partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and nonprofits Young Storytellers and Ghetto Film School (GFS) to create two new in-school programs, Story Lab and First Cut, designed to cultivate the next generation of storytellers and filmmakers. As the first new programs launched under WB Good, the Studio’s social impact platform, this public-private partnership offers participating students the opportunity to gain hard and soft skills pertinent to the entertainment business, as well as unprecedented access to the industry. The announcement was made this week by Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Warner Bros.

“These programs allow Warner Bros. to use our strengths and resources to make a real difference by inspiring and empowering the next generation of storytellers,” said Tsujihara. “We have incredible partners in LAUSD, Young Storytellers, and Ghetto Film School, and working together, we’re literally changing these students’ lives. I’m very proud of this initiative and the great work of everyone involved.”

“Through this partnership between L.A. Unified, Warner Bros., and our community arts partners, Ghetto Film School and Young Storytellers, we have been able to engage students through the power of storytelling,” said Dr. Frances Gipson, Chief Academic Officer for L.A. Unified. “We are so fortunate to work with such dedicated organizations, and passionate teachers, who are willing to take risks and lead the charge in transforming our students lives through the arts.”

Warner Bros. worked with LAUSD, Young Storytellers, and GFS to develop and create these teach-the-teacher programs, which included extensive teacher training sessions hosted on the Studio’s lot in Burbank. Each program was designed to be scalable and project-based, and Warner Bros. intends to deploy both in more schools moving forward. Additionally, staff members from Young Storytellers and GFS provide in-class support to the teachers for their respective programs, each culminating with end-of-season events to showcase the students’ work.

With 30 teachers from eight middle schools and eight high schools across LAUSD’s six local districts teaching the parallel programs, more than 1,500 students have participated in the inaugural pilot seasons of Story Lab and First Cut. Both programs are expected to continue in the upcoming school year.

Through intentional nonprofit investments, robust programs, and social impact initiatives across the studio, WB Good reinforces Warner Bros.’ commitment to inspiring youth through storytelling, creating access and opportunity for new voices, and making stories sustainably.

To learn more about these programs, visit www.wbgood.com.