• High School/Grades 9-12

iEARN-USA’s Storytelling for Social Change draws on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to explore the transformative power of storytelling. High school-aged youth from Algeria, Tunisia, and the United States collaborate with international partners through virtual exchange as they choose a local or global issue inspired by the SDGs and examine their personal connections to it. Participants learn a range of storytelling, communication, and technical skills through media analysis and hands-on audiovisual assignments. By developing a deeper understanding of global issues from different social and cultural perspectives, participants ultimately create a more equitable society and become active global citizens.


Participants employ storytelling skills to identify, write, and share personal narrative stories related to global issues as a tool for social change. They work in teams to develop and distribute their stories using various platforms that engage local and international audiences. Throughout the program, participants learn how to use several techniques and tools to develop, record, edit, and publish their stories. The exchange culminates in a virtual festival to celebrate the participants’ stories and their impact.

Program Details

Number of Participants


U.S. States and Territories Reached
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
Countries and Territories Reached
  • Algeria
  • Tunisia
Length of Exchange

Seven weeks (two hours/week)

Storytelling for Social Change is implemented by iEARN-USA and is supported by the J. Christopher Stevens Virtual Exchange Initiative (JCSVEI). JCSVEI is a U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs program administered by the Aspen Institute.