Lilly Hos (IUS - UA):
Imagine the place where heroes from all over the world gather to share their superpowers. Brussels became such a place, where young people from 15 countries came together at the beginning of December to address the issue of migration and refugees through the power of storytelling. At the event “Hero’s Journey”, we had the possibiltiy to work on a concept of life-cycle which all heroes experience in their lives.
As young people, coming from diverse backgrounds, in terms of cultures, languages, experience and interests, we were united by the power of storytelling. With the use of the its' methodology, may that be digital storytelling, interactive digital storytelling and renforced by educational sessions, all participants had the chance to combine their strengths and knowledge to create something completely new.
Reaching to the end of the process, the results included a series of narratives tackling the lifes of migrants and refugees. First, 5 emotional stories which were presented by inspirational storytellers, then a digital story of a young refugee -product of the digital storytelling group and last “The Long Journey” created by the interactive digital storytelling group.
8 days full of interaction and hard work helped us to develop personally and as a team. Through the power of NFE and storytelling, we developed a number of skills such as writing, critical thinking, public speaking, digital competences and much more. Moreover, what this Journey offered is that we all understood that desire to change something and hard work can pay off.
A hero is not a mystical personality from movies or books, but each and everyone of us can be a hero.
YEU Project Manager