The Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning

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Welcome! We’re excited that you would like to learn more about Storytelling for Social Change (SFSC) aka “Story Camp”, a pilot program from the Ginsberg Center. You can learn more about this summer opportunity, available to both graduate and undergraduate students, and how to participate below.

To sign up to participate please fill out the form here. If you have questions, please email ginsberg.match@umich.edu.

About the Project

SFSC partnerships focus on supporting nonprofits, schools, and governmental organizations in capturing and sharing stories that illustrate the heart of their work, while creating opportunities for students to build skills in storytelling and content creation. We will be leading a team of students, a combination of undergrads and some early career graduate students, as they work with community organizations to produce story banks (collections of narratives that organizations can draw on for fundraising, marketing, advocacy, etc.) and some supportive products (images, audio clips, gifs or very short videos clips) and guidance for how to use them. Building a story bank can help set up an organization for long term sustainable support well beyond the duration of the summer project.

This initiative builds on the success of Ginsberg’s Evaluation and Assessment collaborative (CTAC) that responds to community-identified priorities around capacity building and supports organizations’ ability to tell the story of the work they do and the communities they serve.

At Ginsberg, our work is grounded in meaningful community-university partnerships that foster a culture of learning and improvement so that together we have the capability to build thriving, equitable, and just communities.

Our Approach

The Ginsberg Center uses a unique outside-in approach to community engagement; this collaborative is a strategic response to data gathered from hundreds of local community organizations ranging from grassroots community groups to local government organizations. Read more about the Ginsberg Center here.

Student Roles

Student participants will help collect and code qualitative data (stakeholder interviews, existing data sets, transcripts, interviews with organization staff) to help design a thoughtful and user-friendly "story bank" that translates these pieces of information into compelling writing, engaging audio-visual materials, a set of communication materials for promotional purposes, etc. 

This is an approximately 5-10 hour/week commitment starting in June.

Logistics

Story Camp provides opportunities for remote or in-person engagement in Ann Arbor. Please discuss with the project leads what modality would work best for you this summer. 

 

Ways To Engage

  1. Work-Study Positions

    • We have a limited number of work-study positions available per term. If you are eligible for a work-study position, please reach out to ginsberg.match@umich.edu to discuss if SFSC is the right fit for you.

    • It is important to note that you cannot be paid and receive academic credit at the same time. 

  2. Volunteer/Unpaid Internship

    • Many students engage with CTAC and other Ginsberg projects as volunteers if they do not need course credit. 

  3. SPH APEx Requirement

    • As a CTAC initiative, SFSC can fulfill the Applied Practice Experience requirement in the School of Public Health with the creation of a learning plan and approval of APEx advisor.