Listen for a Change

Listen for a Change

Listen for a Change is a 501(c)(3) founded in 2016 committed to breaking the cycle of discrimination by empowering voices using personal storytelling. We target marginalized individuals who have been personally affected by trauma, stigma, and/or social injustice. We work to restore dignity and agency in these individuals through structured

Listen for a Change

Listen for a Change is a 501(c)(3) founded in 2016 committed to breaking the cycle of discrimination by empowering voices using personal storytelling. We target marginalized individuals who have been personally affected by trauma, stigma, and/or social injustice. We work to restore dignity and agency in these individuals through structured story coaching and healing workshops. Finally, we turn up the volume on these voices by providing a platform to safely share and create bridges to others through in-person and digital story hours.

About the Organization:

Listen for a Change is a 501(c)(3) founded in 2016 committed to breaking the cycle of discrimination by empowering voices using personal storytelling. We target marginalized individuals who have been personally affected by trauma, stigma, and/or social injustice. We work to restore dignity and agency in these individuals through structured story coaching and healing workshops. Finally, we turn up the volume on these voices by providing a platform to safely share and create bridges to others through in-person and digital story hours.

organizational budget

$0 - $50,000

existence for

6-10 YEARS

The Issue:

Although AAPI’s consist of diverse communities who have experienced historical oppression, collective trauma, and pervasive discimination, they are less likely than other cultural groups to seek social support, engage in therapy, or share personal experiences of shame and struggle. This is further exacerbated for AAPI’s who live with mental health and intersectional struggles and may need to advocate for themselves against a cultural tradition of silencing and in-group discrimination. For marginalized AAPI communities like LGBTQ, refugees, unhoused, and others, this is a reality every single day. Research links community acceptance and mental health support with reduced risk of suicide and depression, with higher margins of effectiveness within AAPI communities that have experienced PTSD or major life traumatic life events. The lack of public exposure of these stories perpetuate the cycle of discrimination and stereotyping of AAPI’s being a resilient, hard-working model minority with relatively few societal struggles.

The Solution:

Listen for a Change (LFAC) will work with two AAPI groups from the San Francisco Bay Area: one to complete a story-coaching workshop designed to introduce participants to healing from, creating, and sharing out their stories of challenges and triumph around their trauma, stigma, and social injustice; and one group to produce the community event in which storytellers share. Participants will meet 2 hours/week for 4 months and engage in story coaching and healing using the LFAC storytelling methodology, service learning, project planning and implementation, community organizing, public speaking, active listening, and group facilitation. This program will enhance AAPI’s confidence and self-esteem while arming them with tools and opportunities to impact change, empower others, and increase intersectional AAPI visibility. The program culminates in a public event entitled, “Unvoiced: A Storytelling Festival,” at a local community space and marketed widely to the public with food, drink, arts, and retail vendors.

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