Project Description

A personal story with the power to create “togetherness”

Do we have a personal story? Definitely.

Every day so far has recorded a part of us and in its reading we discover who we truly are. Each day has occurred, it has created us, so that we can become who we are, but we only see ourselves when the day has passed and we tell the story of what was. When it is a story and not just random moments torn and scattered in time, marked by oblivion, jumbling everything in that frightening and unbridled chaos.

We are a story. We can tell ourselves and invent ourselves further, the only restraint being our own imagination.

The story is hidden within us, scattered, waiting to be gathered and told. We connect occurrences, string them together to form events, polish them with emotions, until the patina, wherein our meaning is imprinted as if in indigo, comes through. We only see it when we turn our thoughts into words, our words into a story, the story into an exciting adventure.

Is our story important? Who will hear it? Does it have the power to change?

We will never know, if we keep it locked inside ourselves, much like in a shell. Let it sprout and when it grows, it may turn out to be a big baobab, with a huge trunk a whole new continent with roots as powerful as augers, breaking unyielding rocks apart.

We just need to believe in the power of our story. If we believe, others will too.

And one day our little story may become a real legend…

A personal story with the power to create “togetherness”

Do we have a personal story? Definitely.

Every day so far has recorded a part of us and in its reading we discover who we truly are. Each day has occurred, it has created us, so that we can become who we are, but we only see ourselves when the day has passed and we tell the story of what was. When it is a story and not just random moments torn and scattered in time, marked by oblivion, jumbling everything in that frightening and unbridled chaos.

We are a story. We can tell ourselves and invent ourselves further, the only restraint being our own imagination.

The story is hidden within us, scattered, waiting to be gathered and told. We connect occurrences, string them together to form events, polish them with emotions, until the patina, wherein our meaning is imprinted as if in indigo, comes through. We only see it when we turn our thoughts into words, our words into a story, the story into an exciting adventure.

Is our story important? Who will hear it? Does it have the power to change?

We will never know, if we keep it locked inside ourselves, much like in a shell. Let it sprout and when it grows, it may turn out to be a big baobab, with a huge trunk a whole new continent with roots as powerful as augers, breaking unyielding rocks apart.

We just need to believe in the power of our story. If we believe, others will too.

And one day our little story may become a real legend…

Turn yourself into a story – chapter two

Chapter one of the Storify Yourself! training was written in 2019, when we implemented the first edition Storify Yourself! Youth Worker as a Brand! and approbated the training program successfully. Now we open a new page, which the participants will fill with their own stories.

Before that, discoveries await but they will have to dig them out themselves, from their own past experiences. Piercing insights, which don’t come around on accident – only when you look for them. But hardships also await – their characters need to stumble, because only those, who have fallen and gotten back up, who have been backed into a corner, yet gotten away, who have made dramatic decisions, who have been torn by dilemmas, only they have lived.

The authors of these stories will be both the characters and storytellers. They will have themselves to bring into the world that, which has gone through them. We will only help them dig the pieces of story out of the corners of their minds, give them shape and tell them in an exciting way. If a story touches you, it gives you a new path and direction, it weaves the thread, which connects us forever, it leaves the memory, which motivates us to get back up and keep moving forward.

Storify Yourself! is for the personal stories, which interpret us, it gives us a new reading of ourselves.

How will that happen? Experiencing, storytelling and reflecting. That’s the formula!

The participants, ripped away from the ruts of their everyday lives and from the distracting, time stealing factors, will experience themselves in a new way, in the embrace of nature and the power of the mountain. There, under the stars, wherein their fears and barriers will be reflected, their self-imposed boundaries blurred, and they will return to tell the tale of their discoveries. Their stories will be refracted, reflected by the others, by the mirror of their own emotions and experience and they will return to the authors, richer in meaning and viewpoints.

Turn yourself into a story – chapter two

Chapter one of the Storify Yourself! training was written in 2019, when we implemented the first edition Storify Yourself! Youth Worker as a Brand! and approbated the training program successfully. Now we open a new page, which the participants will fill with their own stories.

Before that, discoveries await but they will have to dig them out themselves, from their own past experiences. Piercing insights, which don’t come around on accident – only when you look for them. But hardships also await – their characters need to stumble, because only those, who have fallen and gotten back up, who have been backed into a corner, yet gotten away, who have made dramatic decisions, who have been torn by dilemmas, only they have lived.

The authors of these stories will be both the characters and storytellers. They will have themselves to bring into the world that, which has gone through them. We will only help them dig the pieces of story out of the corners of their minds, give them shape and tell them in an exciting way. If a story touches you, it gives you a new path and direction, it weaves the thread, which connects us forever, it leaves the memory, which motivates us to get back up and keep moving forward.

Storify Yourself! is for the personal stories, which interpret us, it gives us a new reading of ourselves.

How will that happen? Experiencing, storytelling and reflecting. That’s the formula!

The participants, ripped away from the ruts of their everyday lives and from the distracting, time stealing factors, will experience themselves in a new way, in the embrace of nature and the power of the mountain. There, under the stars, wherein their fears and barriers will be reflected, their self-imposed boundaries blurred, and they will return to tell the tale of their discoveries. Their stories will be refracted, reflected by the others, by the mirror of their own emotions and experience and they will return to the authors, richer in meaning and viewpoints.

Tools to “unlock” the personal story

The project’s idea is based on the belief that everyone should first know themselves, find out who they are and what they’re good at, because a person can effectively help others only when he is motivated and aware of himself. A key moment in personal and professional development is storytelling. Through it we express ourselves, declare ourselves to others and connect to them, entwining them in an exciting story. Transferring experience through story (storytelling) is a skill, which is developed to have a transformative, motivating and inspiring impact.

The training program uses a set of tools for personal development, based on learning through experience in nature and in an unfamiliar context and environment, outdoor activities, coaching and storytelling, and a comprehensive, logically consistent approach for their use in youth work, incl. regarding disadvantaged groups. This complex approach could be used to accomplish different goals in life discovering talent, finding a job, career advancement, starting your own project, social inclusion, motivating and engaging, volunteer training, etc.

Tools to “unlock” the personal story

The project’s idea is based on the belief that everyone should first know themselves, find out who they are and what they’re good at, because a person can effectively help others only when he is motivated and aware of himself. A key moment in personal and professional development is storytelling. Through it we express ourselves, declare ourselves to others and connect to them, entwining them in an exciting story. Transferring experience through story (storytelling) is a skill, which is developed to have a transformative, motivating and inspiring impact.

The training program uses a set of tools for personal development, based on learning through experience in nature and in an unfamiliar context and environment, outdoor activities, coaching and storytelling, and a comprehensive, logically consistent approach for their use in youth work, incl. regarding disadvantaged groups. This complex approach could be used to accomplish different goals in life discovering talent, finding a job, career advancement, starting your own project, social inclusion, motivating and engaging, volunteer training, etc.

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