Students have stories to tell, we give them the mic

Stories break down barriers and shatter stereotypes. They foster empathy, kindness, compassion and curiosity. Stories are a powerful tool to teach SEL skills.

Join a community of educators across Ireland who believe in the transformative power of instilling SEL skills in youth.
“Stories can shape our future with research showing that telling stories of struggles that turn out well can give people the hope they need to live productive lives in the aftermath of major life challenges”.1

Supporting the Wellbeing of the School Community: Returning to School after Covid-19 School Closurechool Closure – National Educational Psychological Service. Dublin. August 2020

We create connections through the power of storytelling

What we do

Help students and teachers build authentic connections

Where we work

Classrooms, youth and community centres, and more

How we help

Professional development, learning resources, and more

Learn more about…

Facilitator Training

We train secondary school teachers and youth workers to facilitate the evidence-based Story Exchange. This certified training consists of four modules delivered online.

Story Exchange

The Story Exchange is a facilitation tool that forges deep connections, breaks down barriers, and teaches empathy.

Empathy School Award

This award recognises secondary schools that foster an environment of empathy and understanding in their students and staff.

Narrative 4km Walk and Talk

The Narrative 4km Walk and Talk is a facilitated outdoor exercise challenge that builds empathy and connection in students.

I learned that everyone is vulnerable at times and everyone is going through something similar. After going through the N4 Programme, I am definitely more open to telling people how I feel. I realised that people are there to get you through hard times and are here to listen to you.

Alex, Student from Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh

I saw a transformation of attitudes amongst the teenagers. They demonstrated a greater awareness of their own feelings. The Story Exchange opened up an undetected skillset.

 Donncha Ó Treasaigh, Director of Schools LCETB
Former Principal of Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh

The story exchanges have been lovely experiences and a way of increasing the awareness and importance of empathy and listening – we have done them with 1st years to help them bond and as a way of getting to know their new classmates. Our TY buddies have helped to facilitate.

Aoife Ryan, Teacher, Mungret Community College
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Schools nationwide are fostering empathy and connection through the power of storytelling.

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