Cartoon Network USA Partners With 826 National To Create Storytelling Project For CN’s Stop Bullying Speak Up Campaign
Cartoon Network USA is continuing its anti-bullying “Stop Bullying: Speak Up” campaign and have partnered with 826 National, a non-profit organisation that runs tutoring programmes for students that help to improve their writing skills. Together, both Cartoon Network and 826 National have collaborated on the “Inclusion Storytelling Project”, the project aims to encourage young adults across the United States to write and share their stories about kindness and empathy as a way to prevent bullying. 826 National has created inclusion-themed writing workshops for elementary and middle school students to inspire stories about compassion and understanding. Hundreds of students participated in the project, and the students’ fiction and nonfiction stories will be compiled into eight illustrated publications. Each 826 National chapter will also host a local book release event, where young authors will share their work with the community.
The 826LA Echo Park location in Los Angeles was the first out of the eight chapters to release student work from the Inclusion Storytelling Project with an event held today (Thursday 7th December). Other 826 locations (San Francisco, Ann Arbor/Detroit, Boston, Chicago, New York City, and Washington, D.C.) will hold release events respectively, into early next year.
The lessons created through the project will also be made available to teachers everywhere next year via the 826 Digital online service, 826 National’s pay-what-you-wish online platform of resources for educators.
From The Turner USA Press Release: Cartoon Network Partners with 826 National to Create the First Inclusion Storytelling Project: Encourages Students to Share Their Stories as Part of “Stop Bullying: Speak Up”
Cartoon Network is expanding its award-winning, “Stop Bullying: Speak Up” campaign by partnering with 826 National to launch the Inclusion Storytelling Project, which encourages youth across the country to share their individual stories about kindness and empathy in an effort to stop bullying before it starts.
Working in collaboration with Cartoon Network, 826 National and its network of eight internationally celebrated youth writing organizations created inclusion-themed writing workshops for elementary and middle school students to inspire stories of compassion and understanding. Hundreds of students from the 826 Network participated in the project, and the students’ fiction and nonfiction stories will be compiled into eight illustrated publications. Each of the 826 Network chapters will host a local book release event, during which these young authors will share their work with the community.
“Many of the students we serve at 826 come from traditionally under-resourced communities that are most affected by our changing political and cultural landscape,” said Laura Brief, CEO of 826 National. “We believe our students have the power and perspective to end a pervasive culture of bullying, and we are so excited to partner with Cartoon Network in sharing their stories and voices on a national scale.”
The 826LA Echo Park location will be the first of eight chapters to release and celebrate student work from the Inclusion Storytelling Project with an event on Thursday, December 7 from 2:45-4:15pm. Additional 826 locations (San Francisco, Ann Arbor/Detroit, Boston, Chicago, New York City, and Washington, D.C.) will hold release events respectively, into early next year.
“Elevating kids’ voices is central to everything we do at Cartoon Network. Equipping each kid with tools and resources to use their individual voice to speak up is a key goal of Stop Bullying: Speak Up,” said Jill King, senior vice president, marketing and partnerships, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang. “826 National is an organization that values children as a creative force as much as we do, and by developing the Inclusion Storytelling Project together, we are encouraging kids to use creativity to understand and spread kindness, compassion, and empathy.”
To expand the reach of this partnership and inspire other kids to share their stories, the lessons created through the project will also be made available to teachers everywhere in 2018 via 826 Digital, the 826 National’s pay-what-you-wish online platform of resources for educators.
About 826 National:
826 National is a nonprofit organization that provides strategic leadership, administration, and other resources to ensure the success of its network of writing and tutoring centers. 826 National’s chapters are dedicated to supporting under-resourced students, ages 6 to 18, with their writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. 826’s mission is based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with individualized attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.
The 826 Network serves more than 1,000 teachers and 32,000 students annually. The chapters offer five core programs: After-School Tutoring, Field Trips, Workshops, Young Authors’ Book Project, and In-School programs—all free of charge—for students, classes, and schools. Each program offers innovative and dynamic project-based learning opportunities, building on students’ classroom experience and strengthening their ability to express ideas effectively, creatively, confidently, and in their own voice.
The 826 Network is now comprised of a national office and seven—soon to be eight—nonprofit chapters across the United States: 826 Valencia (San Francisco), 826LA, 826 Boston, 826CHI, 826michigan (Ann Arbor/Detroit), 826NYC, 826DC, and, beginning in early 2018, 826 New Orleans. Additional information about 826 National and the 826 Network is available at 826national.org.