What is a Youth Story Circle?

A Youth Story Circle is a free opportunity for a group of youth to gather together to listen and share thoughts and stories related to a common theme. No preparation is necessary and each participant has the option to share or simply listen to others. Story Circles aren’t about performing. Rather, the purpose is to listen and connect.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Beginning in spring 2020, Story Works is hosting Story Circles online through a partnership with the Alaska Humanities Forum.

Facilitators: Story Works alumni (youth), staff, and volunteers, and Alaska Humanities Forum staff.

Time: Story Circles are 1 hour long.

What happens during a Story Circle: During the hour, facilitators introduce structure and agreements, support a safe space, and invite participants to share and reflect. Individual stories are typically about 2 min long and no advance preparation is needed or expected. Note: There will be time during the Story Circle to prepare –if you do choose to share something.


Image Illustrating Online Story Circle.
Story Circle illustration by @mel_verse.

How to Participate

Please look below for information about upcoming Youth Story Circles (available to youth ages 15-23).

If you would like to participate in a Story Circle for Educators and Community Members, please learn more and register here.

Participants in a Youth Story Circle sharing their one word takeaways.

Upcoming Youth Story Circles

Unfortunately, space is limited and all upcoming Youth Story Circles are now full. Please complete this contact form if you are interested in learning about future Story Circles. We will let you know as soon as new spots become available and registration is open. Until then, stay safe and take care.


Story Circle Partners and Supporters


Before using the online registration system confirm that your application has been approved and make sure you can attend (or have attended) an orientation session prior to your volunteer date. We will have to decline any unapproved registrations. Thanks for your understanding!

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