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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: May 20, 2011

The MothSHOP Community Education Program Takes Center Stage

by The Moth

Last Monday, WABC-TV ran a news segment that provided an excellent behind-the-scenes look at our MothSHOP Community Education Program’s work with students at Bronx Preparatory Charter School.

Launched in 2000 in an effort to reach storytellers who might not find their way to us, The MothSHOP Community Education Program teaches storytelling principles to students and disenfranchised adults in underserved neighborhoods, then shares those stories within the community and beyond, giving platform to voices that might otherwise have gone unheard.

We hope that all of our supporters will take a few minutes to watch the segment and learn about the program.

On Monday The Moth also presented its semiannual MothSHOP Community Education Program Showcase, featuring stories by six recent graduates of our Community Education workshops.

“Listening to a MothSHOP participant is to experience a burgeoning sense of self-awareness and a newly found sense of self-confidence,” says Joan D. Firestone, The Moth’s Executive Director. “One of the unique advantages of a Moth story is learning to overcome the fear of being different or vulnerable and learning to listen to the different ways that personal stories resonate universal realities. New possibilities emerge for each of the participants that transcend the limits of the workshop experience.”

The Moth wants to congratulate all of our MothSHOP graduates, coaches and partners, especially Monday’s storytellers – Moreli Abreu, Valmir Gjonbalaj, Bernard Jenkins, Tina Newkirk, Laura Anne Walker and Ross Weller. We are so honored to have been a part of your journey and can’t wait to see where you go from here!

Please consider supporting The MothSHOP Community Education Program with a donation of any size. Additional support for this free program will enable MothSHOP to reach more students so, if you can, please consideradopting a school or underwriting a series of workshops.

To learn how to get more involved with the program or offer support, contact David Mutton at

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