Los Angeles, Calif. — On Friday, September 19, nine students from Environmental Charter High School (ECHS) will step in front of the microphone and tell true and personal stories about themselves to an audience of family and friends, during Los Angeles’ First High School StorySLAM from The Moth.
The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling, and a recipient of a 2012 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions (MACEI).
The Moth High School StorySLAM brings the art and craft of personal storytelling to high school students. This education program originated in New York City at ten area high schools such as The Beacon School, Brooklyn High School for the Arts, and School for the Classics. Environmental Charter High School is the first school outside of New York to hold the high school program. Two trained Moth instructors and faculty advisors will coach the eight ECHS students in crafting compelling narratives, practicing performance techniques, and connecting as a team.
The ECHS students are 10th, 11th and 12th graders from the South Bay including Gardena, Hawthorne, Lawndale and Los Angeles. The theme for this StorySLAM is risk. “We are so thrilled that The Moth decided to pilot their high school program with us,” says Mandy Bauer, principal at ECHS. “Giving our students the opportunity to tell their personal stories live on stage in front of their peers and the ECHS community is a rare gift that will further prepare them for college and life.”
The Moth StorySLAM takes place on Friday, September 19, at 5 pm on the campus of Environmental Charter High School, 16315 Grevillea Avenue, Lawndale CA 90260.
About The Moth
The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling, and a recipient of a 2012 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions (MACEI). Through its ongoing programs—The Moth Mainstage, The Moth StorySLAMs, The Moth Community & Education Programs, and Moth Corporate Programs—The Moth has presented more than three thousand stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. The Moth podcast is downloaded more than 20 million times a year, and the Peabody Award-winning The Moth Radio Hour, produced by Jay Allison and presented by PRX, The Public Radio Exchange, airs weekly on radio stations nationwide. The new Moth Mobile App for iOS and Android, and the national bestseller, The Moth: 50 True Stories (Hyperion), are available now. themoth.org