The Facing Project

April 2, 2017

Join Forces with Wisconsin Campus Compact & The Facing Project

to be a Part of a National Storytelling Movement on

Empathy, First-Person Narratives, and Community Connections

Wisconsin Campus Compact is excited to announce the renewal of our partnership with The Facing Project, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit that connects people through stories to strengthen communities. The Facing Project was co-founded by Indiana Campus Compact Executive Director, J.R. Jamison, along with New York Times bestselling author Kelsey Timmerman.

The Facing Project uses a train-the-trainer model to work with colleges and universities to equip faculty, staff, and students with the tools and resources necessary to organize and share the stories of local citizens through the talent of student writers and actors. Writers are matched with community members (storytellers) facing an issue or topic (depression, immigration, addiction, racism, LGBTQ, disabilities, etc), and the writers and storytellers get to know each other and craft the storytellers’ stories through first-person narratives. The stories are compiled into a book, brought to life on stage through a community theatre event, and then used in your community for advocacy, programming, and awareness.

Since its founding in 2012, The Facing Project has worked with 75 communities/campuses in 15 states and has been has been recognized by The Huffington Post and Harlem World Magazine as one of three storytelling organizations to watch. Past Facing Projects have led to a human trafficking awareness kiosk in the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, enhanced training for state police on Autism Spectrum Disorder, and resources for nonprofit partners.

The following is an example of a recent project from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. This project was completely student led!

Also, here is a piece from ABC 12 in Flint, Michigan, covering Mott Community College’s Facing Project on immigrant and international students.

For a full list of current communities/colleges/universities working with The Facing Project, visit: http://facingproject.com/facing-communities/.

As a member of Wisconsin Campus Compact, you will receive a 35% discount off of the affiliation fee with The Facing Project. The discounted rate of $1,000 will provide your institution with the following:

  • The Facing Project Toolkit – The Toolkit is a guide to help campuses/communities plan and launch their Facing Project from A to Z. The 150+ page Toolkit consists of examples, worksheets, checklists, sample consent forms, recruitment flyers, and other templates.
  • Coaching – Each campus/community is assigned a Facing Project Coach who walks organizers through the Toolkit, is available for questions/brainstorming, and is their liaison with The Facing Project HQ throughout the project development.
  • Writer Training – Facing Project staff train all of your project writers.
  • Editors – Each campus/community is assigned a Facing HQ editing team who reviews each project’s stories and provides feedback.
  • Web Hosting – Each campus/community receives their own website, with their own unique URL, through The Facing Project that tells their community’s story and connects them to other campuses/communities around the world doing Facing Projects. The Facing Project will host this website for one year.
  • Web Site Training – Training on how to access the site and upload content.
  • Fundraising Platform – Use of The Facing Project’s online peer-to-peer fundraising tool that is customized for your project.

In short, The Facing Project provides a model and the above mentioned resources so that institutions can partner with nonprofits and form a coalition of storytellers, writers, artists, and the broader community to arm themselves with stories and begin crucial conversations on social justice issues—neighbor to neighbor, community to community—by discussing solutions and exploring healing through their own narratives. Projects can be one semester or a full academic year. The model is flexible.

If you are interested in working with The Facing Project, please contact them directly by submitting an abstract for your project idea on or before May 1, 2017, to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FacingProjectAbstract

Please note, your abstract is only a pitch and does not need to be fully fleshed out. The Facing Project will reach out to you after you have submitted your abstract to move forward with next steps and any further information they may need.