See how students from South Africa to the American South are turning stories into action!

Through our new Global Civic Engagement program, we’re investing in on-the-ground, real-world, student-driven projects that enable young people to improve their communities, and the lives of the people who call them home.

Lee Keylock (Director of Global Programs) with Zukiswa Allah (Program Manager N4 South Africa), and Ezzaddin Aldaylam, former N4 student

N4’s new Civic Engagement Model was unveiled at our 10 year anniversary celebration at Symphony Space, New York, on November 6, 2023. This new model offers students the opportunity to identify areas of development within their communities and nurtures them to leverage their strengths to bridge these gaps.

“The beauty of N4’s new Global Civic Engagement model is that it’s available and accessible to all,” said Lee Keylock, Narrative 4 Director of Global Programs. “It also provides an opportunity for teachers and students to carry their Story Exchange work forward.”

Though this program is in its nascent stage, our initial projects have spanned the globe — from Langley, Kentucky, to The Bronx, New York, to Joe Slovo Township in South Africa — and we’re just getting started!

“Imagine being able to scale these projects, inspire others, and replicate them across the globe,” said Keylock.

“This is what our Civic Engagement platform will do. Bring the local and the global together to inspire one another. Because positive change happens when stories are shared and communities connect. Imagine what saying ‘Yes’ can accomplish!”

Explore our ongoing Civic Engagement projects here.