The Story Project

The Story Project is a nonprofit literacy foundation with a one-of-a-kind, mentor-driven curriculum rooted in the entertainment arts.

Dedicated to furthering reading and writing skills in at-risk middle school kids, their success comes at the hands of site project coordinators and professionals from the entertainment industry who donate their time and talent by acting as classroom mentors at any number of our school locations. These artists use their vocation to inspire and motivate students into expressing their own personal stories.

Mentors are invited to the classroom every other week to help facilitate the in-class project. Past mentors include John August (BIG FISH_), Rawson Thurber (DODGEBALL_) Shane Black (LETHAL WEAPON_), Michael Nouri (FLASHDANCE_), Jim Sheridan (IN AMERICA_), {-Dallas Jackson (UNCLE P_), David Armstrong (SAW_), Allan Murray (PARIS IN JAIL_), Christopher Bell (BIGGER FASTER STRONGER), Michael Feldman (CORY IN THE HOUSE), Poetri (DEF POETRY JAM), Rafael Alvarez (THE WIRE) and many more.

They also conduct field trips and special screenings with celebrites: Earlier this year, The Story Project hosted a fieldtrip with students from The Neighborhood Youth Association to the Skirball’s Cultural Center’s Theater for a screening of Hal Ashby’s classic The Landlord which was followed with a Q &A hosted by John Singleton.

Other screenings have included: IN AMERICA, with director Jim Sheridan, writers and cast of the film; BIG FISH, along with a dinner hosted by Dan Jinks, (producer) and Bruce Cohen, (producer), and John August, (writer) of the film along with Joe Blackwolf (musical entertainment) and THE HUMAN STAIN with guest comments by Nicholas Meyer (writer), UNCLE P followed by a Q&A, WAIST DEEP hosted by Vondie Curtis Hall, and RKO’s MIGHTY JOE YOUNG benefit premier with proceeds donated to The Story Project.


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