We’re excited to bring the Facing Project to our community!

The Facing Project is a community storytelling project founded by J.R. Jamison and Kelsey Timmerman in Muncie, Indiana that connects people through stories to strengthen community.  You can learn more about the nationwide project at www.facingproject.com.

Here’s how it works:

Writers in our community are matched with someone facing the issue we’ve selected–aka the storyteller. This could be someone facing the issue, a relative of someone facing the issue, a teacher, a therapist, a counselor, or anyone with a personal story to share involving the topic. The writer will meet with the storyteller and then write a story as if they are them, writing in the first person. We’ll work with our community partners to collect these stories and facilitate the relationship between writers and storytellers. The stories will be compiled in a book to be released at a community monologue event (details to come).

Our students paired with other students, faculty, and staff to discuss the decisions that they faced upon graduation from high school and how those decisions have impacted their lives.  Often times society doesn’t give much credibility or weight to the stories of young adults in our midst, yet these stories often have a profound impact on our young people and shape the adults they become.  This Facing Project helps pay homage to some of those stories.  We welcome you to read on.