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Charity Share: Young Storytellers

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Hi everyone! I’m Erika, the Brand Manager here at Omaze. On behalf of our entire team, I’m excited to wish you a Happy National Storytelling Day!

As you may know, storytelling is such an important part of what we do, and in the spirit of today’s festivities, I want to tell you about a little story called ‘The Monkeyman Adventure’.

This is the tale of Monkeyman, a 35-year-old man with the face of a monkey, who embarks on a journey to find a teleporting banana so he can visit his documentarian parents working abroad. The best part: this brilliant story came from the mind of a 10-year-old I mentored last year as a volunteer for Young Storytellers.

YS is a nonprofit with a simple yet powerful mission: to inspire young people to discover the power of their voice. Through one-on-one mentorship programs, low-income students learn to write original stories that ultimately get performed on stage (or on screen) by working actors.


YS was founded in LA when a group of young film students heard that creative arts programs were being cut from public schools. Missing out on an arts education is a huge disservice to kids anywhere. Studies have shown that the arts can have a material impact on kids’ grades, social skills, even their SAT scores. In the world of YS alone, 83% of teachers noticed an improvement in academic performance from kids who participated in their script-to-stage program!

We’ve been fortunate enough to join forces with you all to support Young Storytellers through past Omaze campaigns, but going into the classroom and mentoring students has been a personal privilege for me. I highly recommend it. However you choose to get involved with YS—whether you make a donation on their website, enter in our next campaign with them, or volunteer—you’ll be contributing to a magical experience that gives kids the chance to build confidence and bring the brilliant stuff of their imaginations (monkeymen, party planets and more) into the world.


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