"How did fear become so popular? Especially when it never should've existed in the first place? Why were we put here to do what we want, if we end up being too afraid to do it? I don't get it. Do you?"
Many thanks to those who tuned-in to my radio interview with Cynthia Brian. I had a blast discussing teen/YA issues and teen/young adult storytelling. (If you missed it) please click-on the 'play' button to the right to listen to this archived SEPT 08 broadcast via on-demand auto-play. Cheers to y’all.
June 13: I just posted a new blog re: teen storytelling and social media. Please check it out.
stories about facing fear : after-school storytelling and books
created for those who wish to reclaim their
"I can do anything" attitude,
the fearlessness they were born with
Teens today have much to say, yet their voices go unheard.
Stories About Facing Fear is:
• an ongoing student-led after-school teen storytelling program
• open to any and all teens who want (and need) to tell their stories
• held on-site at the school where the students normally attend class
• 1-hour long, meets once a week and is made up of 10-20 students
Stories About Facing Fear aims to:
• reduce feelings of social isolation and lack of connection
• promote open and honest communication without interruption
• acknowledge students while providing no criticism or judgement
• instill confidence and a sense of self-worth and importance
Bullying was an epidemic. Now it’s a crisis.
When teens internalize they lose hope, while the consequences remain catastrophic.
In the U.K. 1 child attempts suicide every ½ hour.
Please let them speak.
As a socially-driven (on-site) after-school service to students, Stories About Facing Fear gets the ball rolling so that teens can solve their own problems, by themselves, together. Collectively, these students listen and speak to one another, via personal storytelling.
Across the United Kingdom two debilitating maladies dominate school life: bullying and Social Anxiety Disorder, two mutations of the same virus, fear. Also prevalent amongst U.K. teens: self-harm, self injury and suicide. The statistics for teen depression within the U.K. are staggering. According to the charity Depression Alliance, at least 19,000 U.K. children attempt suicide annually (one every half hour) whilst more than 2 million children attend medical surgeries with some kind of psychological or emotional problem; suicide is now the number one cause of death for 18-24-year-old males.
Stories About Facing Fear was primarily created to give teens an outlet, a means for the expulsion of their own stress, anxiety, anger and fear within a familiar, safe and peer-supportive environment. Rather than internalizing these destructive forces, students are encouraged not only to share but to “get it all out.” Storytelling possesses the power to heal. At any age it’s cathartic, clearing the path for all things positive.
As well as being a venue, a method, a means for storytelling that liberates, Stories About Facing Fear aims to remind teens of the fearlessness they were born with, the ability to live life fearlessly; while at the same time instilling an objective of remaining fearless forever. Within our blueprint (for success) is one core principal: the majority of all fears are learned; only a small percentage being natural.
Thankfully, many resources are available to U.K. teens. Most come in the form on on-line assistance and seem to address the standard issues affecting teen life: sex, drugs, drinking, bullying, depression, not fitting in, not being accepted, unsupportive parents, peer pressure, etc. Stories About Facing Fear has found that teens, many times, aren’t immediately comfortable addressing such weighty issues in the midst of strangers; they prefer to start out slowly, with less (judgmental) consequences attached. S.A.F.F. welcomes this approach.
Several (U.K.) teen-issue websites are for parents only. Several after-school venues are off-site and focus on childcare, not necessarily on interaction or problem solving. Stories About Facing Fear is the only after-school organization offering storytelling as its foremost goal. This unique ingredient features prominently in S.A.F.F.’s marketing strategy while seeking the attention of partner schools.
As a non-profit social enterprise, Stories About Facing Fear, is not a franchise business. It is a service offered to schools, with the bulk of the service provided prior to, and during, the first on-site S.A.F.F. group meeting. Beyond this point, students and school staff are responsible for keeping the group independent, student-led and successful.
Stories About Facing Fear is owned and managed by Clint Adams. Clint is a published author of four teen novels that share one common theme: 'life begins again when you have no fear.' Clint possesses a master’s degree in marketing, owns and operates his own publishing imprint, Credo Italia, and successfully promoted his novels and facilitated their accompanying No Time For Fear (teen) workshops internationally. All S.A.F.F. services/training will be provided by Clint.
Overall, Stories About Facing Fear is a simply-run organization with a potent message. If communication is the key to success for basically all relationships, why should storytelling be exempt from this process? Storytelling has existed since the beginning of life, at a time when it wasn’t called entertainment. It solved everyone’s problems then; now should be no different. In the present, statistics prove that teens are starved for a way to purge…in the least violent most therapeutic way possible. S.A.F.F. = a safe haven, a place for young people to be free.
Stories About Facing Fear is a Millennium Award recipient
Stories About Facing Fear is sponsored by UnLtd - The Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs
to help teens and young adults:
1) understand the origins of fear
2) recognize their own fears
3) overcome fear
4) create futures without fear
fear : key facts
• Fear isn't natural; it's ALL learned
• Doubts destroy the destinies we create for ourselves
• A person unafraid can accomplish anything
• The perfect feeling, the perfect test, is believing when no one else does
"You must discover the cause of your unhappiness by the end of this year…or you will not live to see the next.” Disgusted and disbelieving, 34-year old Paul Jacobson dismisses what he’s told by a Greenwich Village psychic. Only days later though, while running in the New York City Marathon, Paul’s mind leads him back…to a past he’s never known. This journey begins the race for his life.
Now TOP TEN-ranked for tenth-straight month in Korea (Teen Visionary Fiction) Who wouldn’t want to be fearless? After overcoming a fear-filled life, 13-year old Miguel Estes uncovers life’s most potent and debilitating fear while sprinting his way to freedom.
Now TOP TEN-ranked for tenth-straight month in Korea (Teen Visionary Fiction) Miguel is unique. He has a lifetime measured by days not years; he happens to live with E.B., but he spends little time thinking about it. For Miguel, living with fear is far more deadly than this fatal disease could ever be.