When stories are told well, they are never forgotten. As students at the University of Northern Colorado, we believe that each person’s story deserves to be heard by the rest of the community. That is why we joined with The Facing Project, whose initiative is to engage our community beyond the walls of the university by gathering a variety of stories that represent the Greeley community and its rich diversity.
The purpose of our project is to capture people’s stories and the changes they have experienced in their lives: at home, with peers, and elsewhere among the Greeley community. As a group, we have encouraged students to go out and foster a stronger connection between UNC and the community. The stories gathered by our students were transcribed to maintain the voice of the storyteller. These stories will be published in a book for everyone in our community to enjoy. This book will enable our community to develop deep relationships and achieve a better understanding of the changes each of us face within our community.
The Facing Project is a community storytelling project founded by J.R. Jamison and Kelsey Timmerman in Muncie, Indiana that connects people through stories to strengthen community. You can learn more about the nationwide project at www.facingproject.com.
Here’s how it works:
Writers in our community are matched with someone facing the issue we’ve selected–aka the storyteller. This could be someone facing the issue, a relative of someone facing the issue, a teacher, a therapist, a counselor, or anyone with a personal story to share involving the topic. The writer will meet with the storyteller and then write a story as if they are them, writing in the first person. We’ll work with our community partners to collect these stories and facilitate the relationship between writers and storytellers. The stories will be compiled in a book to be released at a community monologue event (details to come).