Students have stories to tell, we give them the mic
Stories break down barriers and shatter stereotypes. They build curiosity and community, starting in the classroom.
You can help young people forge deep connections, fight social isolation, and become powerful forces for change.
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Adolescent loneliness has increased in 36 countries worldwide and doubled in English-speaking countries.1
Stories combat loneliness and motivate youth to make positive changes in their communities.
We create connections and combat isolation through the power of art, education, and action
What we do
Help students and teachers build authentic connections
Where we work
Classrooms, student clubs,
after-school programs, and more
How we help
Story exchanges, professional development, curriculum tools, and more
How we do it
Students deserve to know their voices, actions, and lives matter. With our story exchanges, they will.
The Artists Network
Storytelling changes lives. These artists prove it. Writers, musicians, and visual artists share stories about their creative lives and help students cultivate their own.
Discover how to broaden perspectives, foster connections, and inspire creativity through our expert-approved methods and educational tools.
Students follow their passion and, with teacher support, focus on local and global civic engagement projects.
94% of story exchange students become motivated to make a positive change
I helped launch Narrative 4 seven years ago in Chicago. It was hard to know where it would go, how fast it would grow, and how much it would be needed. But I believe then as I do now in the power of stories to shape and change the world.Sting, N4 Music Chair
Narrative 4 is not here to change your mind. N4 tells us, ‘You can hold on to the integrity of your beliefs and understand somebody else’s at the same time.Mary Slone, Educator, United States
There you are, laid bare, no mask, no finery,Winnie Ahupa, National Story Exchange Participant, N4 Nigeria
just your story as simple or complicated as it may be.
What this story exchange taught me is that pain is universal, so is love.
Article • Ethical ELA, Aug 15, 2021
Using Storytelling for Trauma-Informed Pedagogy During COVID and Beyond
Dr. Leslie Burns explores how narrative strategies support students’ need for community and connection.
Video • YouTube, Sep 02, 2020
Synchronicity: A Celebration of Art, Empathy, and Action
Get to know Narrative 4 through the stories of our students, educators, and artists!
Article • The Guardian, Jun 22, 2020
Teenagers Trade Personal Stories: It’s Great to Find You Are Not Alone
What happens when students who’ve never met share intimate stories with each other?
Create connections, share stories, join our movement
Schools nationwide are fighting isolation
and fostering connection through the power of storytelling.
Join our global network and show your support
for our student-led, artist-inspired