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featured on CBS News

For too many years, the media has repeated the same negative story lines about African American youth. The voices uplifted by our African American Oral History Project and the accompanying book and exhibit, The Griots of Oakland, gave the media something both authentic and positive to report about. Click here to watch the CBS interview with Story For All’s Executive Director, Angela Zusman.

Stories that define an organization

Stories that define an organization
For eight years, a group of teenagers collaborated with policy makers to build a youth center in one of the most neglected parts of the Bay Area. Story For All trained a team of local youth to document the center’s history, partnerships, and best practices to help ensure their legacy, strengthen their brand and community ties, and encourage future collaborations. Click here to watch our work in action.


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We are grateful and very honored to be the recipients of awards that recognize both our methodology and our products. Even better – these awards honor the intention behind our work, which is to create a more just and humane world through the sharing of stories. Story For All was honored with the Vox Populi Award for oral history and social justice, and a Public Education Service Award for the impact of our work on young people and those who support them. Click here to learn more about our awards.


This project and others like it are an opportunity for us all… We learn from one another. We come to understand and love one another. We begin to overcome prejudice and callousness, and we become fuller human beings.

Jean Quan, Mayor of Oakland

This project has totally transformed my life, in every way. I now have a career path and a portfolio for my college applications. I’m not as shy as I was, and I can speak in front of a group – even a group of adults!

Ramiro-Youth Interviewer

We are so grateful and honored that our son has been part of this project. It has brought out all of his best qualities and changed how he sees himself and his opportunities in life.

Parent of AAOHP participant

The video and timeline that you created for us really help to tell our story. I use it all the time in my PR work.

REACH Ashland Youth Center PR team

Story for All is skillfully supporting us to document and share the story of building school health services in Alameda County in a way that is accessible and engaging to our partners. Their experience managing collaborative projects, capturing content, and creating engaging ways to share it is providing critical support to the project.

Policy and Planning Coordinator, Center for Healthy Schools and Communities

The Urban Agriculture Oral History Project is a relevant and timely effort in this era of rapid urban, environmental, and social change. Story For All is the first to tell the story of urban ag in our communities from the inside out, bringing otherwise unheard voices to the forefront of this movement. 

Architectural Historian/Preservation Planner and project volunteer

 The Griots exhibit has importantly contributed to a shift of focus in our work in public education, from a laser focus on new standards to a laser focus on insuring that new standards are applied to assure that each and every student achieve their potential. Most importantly, the students we have chronically and persistently failed in public education have been raised up through your important collaborative work. Thank you.

Louise Music, Executive Director/Department of Integrated Learning, Alameda County Office of Education

 I felt that I have had a distorted view about African Americans. I was very impressed with the young men who possess hope and think positively about their identity and community. I had assumed that African Americans were depressed, hated each other, and had no hope. I have now changed my point of view and expect the bright future.

Graduate student from Korea

 I feel hope. I have never seen someone who looks like me represented in this way. 

Young African American man who attended the Griots event

 This course supports our company’s culture and helps us all be more influential and connect with others. 

Training participant, Senior VP of HR

 The SHINE forces me to confront my own truth, beauty and prejudices as a Black man regarding boys and men of color. Out of this confrontation and the multisensory immersion it offers, I then can love and be loved in a different way, and this way then drives the policy, programs, practice and people transformation, which must occur forthwith.”

David Patrick Bickham, Foundation and Evaluation Consultant