Building Consequential Futures through Storying with Court Involved Youth
Rather than working to incarcerate and punish young people, the researchers involved in this program think, alongside young people, about how to design learning environments that are humanizing and empowering for youth to imagine new and consequential futures through story, storying, and literacy skills. This program specifically involves youth who are working to overcome addiction to drugs and alcohol and who are also court-involved.
During this program, youth meet with researchers weekly, over twelve weeks, in what we call a literacy collective, to read literature for young adults, tell our own stories, and analyze stories that others tell about us. Together, we will utilize cultural-historical activity theory to re-imagine the ways that social interventions are created.