Benefits of Storytelling and Americans All to Students
Storytelling affords students both academic and personal benefits.
- Stories begin at birth, and legacies are built each time a personal, academic or professional milestone is achieved. Every student has important experiences and lessons learned to share with family, friends and future generations. Creating and publishing a story about themselves helps students develop skills in critical thinking, communicating, researching and, especially, writing—skills needed to help ensure their success in college and/or the workforce.
- By learning to use concise language and enhancing stories with photographs and other media, students can record important events and memories as well as share their pride in their ethnic and cultural identity.
- Publishing a legacy story on our Web-based Heritage Honor Roll ensures the significance of a lifetime will not be forgotten and enables students to have a permanent and an accessible social media presence that truly describes who they are.
- Storytelling can also be a wonderful intergenerational bonding experience that builds empathy, compassion and understanding.
- By helping others less skilled in the art of writing and the use of technology to incorporate images and recordings into their legacy stories, a student can earn service-learning credits.
- Helping others create and enhance a story also demonstrates to prospective employers and postsecondary institutions a student’s character and appreciation for how volunteerism benefits a community.
Students joining Americans All get electronic access to our high-quality social studies classroom resources to help them complete homework assignments and special projects. And as a bonus, students helping seniors create their legacy story receive a free legacy story for themselves.
Benefits of Storytelling and Americans All to Schools
Schools participate in Americans All for free because they reinforce our goals of creating and sharing legacy stories and supporting excellence in social studies instruction. In addition, they can:
- Easily provide opportunities—in many subject areas—for students to create legacy stories, without changing established classroom lesson plans or instructional practices.
- Receive a free story on their school that is published on our Heritage Honor Roll.
- Host, on their free Americans All Legacy Partner home page(s), stories from our Heritage Honor Roll about their students and staff as well as stories created by their students doing volunteer work.
- Allow students to receive credit for volunteer activities that have an academic component. [Students do not have to join Americans All to earn service-learning credits.]
- Make students and their families aware of the academic and personal benefits of participating in our program.
Benefits of Membership in Americans All
- Can contain up to 2,000 words, of which 1,000 can be password protected.
- Can be published in multiple languages and be updated at no cost.
- Can be enhanced with photographs, home movies and audio recordings.
- Can include links to other Heritage Honor Roll legacy stories, social media sites and other Web pages.
- Can take advantage of our secure event, anniversary and memorial information e-mail tool.
- Can be shortened to print on an 8½” x 11” template to share with family and friends.
Students and their families can also access our existing K–12 social studies information—a $500 value.
Benefits of Membership in our Social Legacy Network
Believing education is a lifelong process, we include a free 3-month subscription to our Social Legacy Network to receive even more benefits, including access to our new resource databases, texts, photos, songs and teaching tools, discounts on goods and services from our partners and e-newsletters with money-saving tips. Also Included is a subscription to CollegeSave, under which families receive 250 points each month (each point is worth $1 in discounts) and can earn up to $52,000 in college tuition discounts at more than 385 participating colleges in 45 states nationwide. These discount points can be used for children, grandchildren and extended family members. In 2017, students submitted rewards points worth more than $80.1 million in tuition discounts at participating colleges. After the trial period, the cost is $4 per month.
Click here for tips on “How to create a legacy story.”
Click here for tips on “Storytelling for younger children.”
Click here to view program videos.
Click here to view our program overview
Click here to register for Americans All so you can create and share a legacy story and receive program benefits.
Click here to learn how your family can become a Legacy Partner.
Any questions? Please contact Americans All.