CCHS Class of 2021 graduate Sophia Lafaurie-Munoz still revels in the experience she had as an El Rincon student with Young Storytellers.
So much so that Sophia, now a Latinx filmmaker, is still hanging with Young Storytellers today, as an active volunteer.
“I’m very fortunate and happy to be given the opportunity to give back to a program that started my passion for writing and directing,” she said. “And I hope the kids who get the opportunity to join Young Storytellers itself find that they are welcomed within such an amazing, welcoming, and inclusive community. Working with them has been so fun and I’d love to do it again.”
Every year, Young Storytellers work with students in CCUSD’s elementary schools, to develop and produce student’s work, which is performed on stage by volunteer actors during a school-wide assembly. The nonprofit is one of six theatre arts partners who are part of CCUSD’s Front and Center Theatre Collaborative, which provides theatre arts programming to TK/K-12th grade students. Other partners include 24th Street Theatre, Center Theatre Group, The Actors’ Gang, Story Pirates, We Tell Stories, in addition to Young Storytellers.
Front & Center, started 13 years ago with seed funding from Sony Pictures Entertainment. The Culver City Education Foundation (CCEF) has been financially supporting the Collaborative with monies donated from multiple funders including Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Carol and James Collins Foundation, the Fineshriber Family Foundation, and CCUSD PTAs.
Read all about Sophia’s Young Storytellers experience – then and now – here. Join Sophia and become a mentor with Young Storytellers. Information can be found at https://www.youngstorytellers.com/