Whether working in-person or virtually, in a single room or with multiple far-flung classrooms, Narrative 4 leaders will put your generous donations to work by:

  • Investing in preparation on the ground,
  • Building relationships,
  • Fostering trust

We're developing collaborations with key educators and constituents by analyzing student objectives and school mission statements to create curriculum models that tie seamlessly into state and national standards.

N4 is committed to ensuring safe, respectful spaces and environments that allow participants to work through strong emotions with a trained network of support; prioritizing peer-to-peer learning among students; and providing ongoing support for the conversion of Empathy-into-Action (EIA).

Our work is more important than ever during this time of economic uncertainty, COVID-19 and civil unrest.

In response to the times, we are launching four Empathy-into-Action (EIA) campaigns designed to help our key partner communities most in need.

These campaigns will continually reaffirm the conviction that we can navigate and heal our divided world if we act together to change, rebuild and even revolutionize failed systems.

Narrative 4 Works Globally

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Narrative 4_ ArtWorks_South Africa_5

Our first long-term EIA project takes place in one of the world’s poorest and most marginalized communities in the world: Joe Slovo Township in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

We are working closely with students and educators there to spearhead and fund a “Trash to Treasure '' campaign designed to change the narrative of this community. Student leaders are incentivizing residents to pick up recyclable trash in exchange for redeemable grocery vouchers, and plan to turn a majority of the rubbish into art (in partnership with Artworks for Youth).

Not only does this put the power in the community’s hands to buy healthy food with dignity and visible results, the project will also drastically improve the health of the land and drinking water in the Township.

Nablus, Palestine

TYO

In partnership with Tomorrow’s Youth Organization (TYO), we are working to help seriously at-risk families in the West Bank, Palestine. COVID-19 has taken a brutal toll on many of these families, and TYO has turned its youth center into a crisis center and their teachers have voluntarily turned into rapid response coordinators.

Our goal is to help them distribute basic supplies including food, medication, gas for cooking, hygiene products, diapers, as well as well as to assist families who cannot pay rent, utilities and other bills. TYO has identified 37 families in dire need and has calculated that it will cost $300 per month to feed each family.

We hope to raise $33,300 to help cover the basic needs for these families for three months while we work with TYO to change the long-term narrative for Nablus as soon as possible.

The South Bronx, New York, USA

4451A607-3CF4-443A-8C6A-09776F34F047

University Heights High School (UHHS) in the Bronx, New York, has been a leading N4 institutional partner for seven years. Located in one of the poorest congressional districts, this visionary school has worked with N4 to pilot a variety of projects that we are beginning to scale globally, one being the field exchange with Floyd Central High School (FCHS) in Eastern, Kentucky.

Together, the students from these two geographically and politically diverse regions have combined efforts over the past two years to create an EIA campaign that will change the narrative around mental health issues. In partnership with Coler Hospital on New York City’s Roosevelt Island, the students will help launch The Collection, a virtual showcase of visual art, music, writing and video designed to amplify the voices of the patients at Coler who have been denied a microphone for far too long.

It’s not surprising that these students from one of the most marginalized areas in the United States have chosen to help another community in need. That’s the very definition of Empathy-into-Action. And rest assured that while they help change another community’s narrative, they will be changing theirs as well.

Eastern Kentucky, USA

_MG_9030

Floyd Central High School (FCHS) in Langley, Kentucky has been a leading N4 institutional partner for five years. Located in the heart of Appalachia, this visionary school has worked with N4 to pilot a variety of projects that we are beginning to scale globally, one being the field exchange with University Heights High School (UHHS) in the Bronx, New York.

Together, the students from these two geographically and politically diverse regions have combined efforts over the past two years to create an EIA campaign that will change the narrative around mental health issues. In partnership with Coler Hospital on New York City’s Roosevelt Island, the students will help launch The Collection, a virtual showcase of visual art, music, writing and video designed to amplify the voices of the patients at Coler who have been denied a microphone for far too long.

It’s not surprising that these students from one of the most marginalized areas in the United States have chosen to help another community in need. That’s the very definition of Empathy-into-Action. And rest assured that while they help change another community’s narrative, they will be changing theirs as well.