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Stories have power. Stories inform, motivate, and move people to action. In the world of advocacy, personal stories are one of the most effective tools we have to influence legislation, fundraise for our services, and recruit supporters.

It is crucial that we not only share stories about the work Planned Parenthood does, but that we work to highlight and uplift the voices of people with lived experiences, those who have been marginalized, and the communities we serve.

Empowering storytellers to be advocates for themselves and their communities is crucial to making those voices heard. We understand that the best way to foster that empowerment is through trainings and support. That’s why Planned Parenthood Advocates Mar Monte is proud to announce that the inaugural cohort of the Storytellers Bureau has begun.

This program, a collaboration between Public Affairs and the Volunteer Services Team, is a one-year commitment for a group of twelve storytellers from across our affiliate who have a broad range of stories, all coming to us with different experiences and perspectives.

The Storytellers Bureau aims to provide volunteers with the support and tools to develop their stories, to practice presenting their stories in a way that makes the most impact, and to share their stories to advocate for reproductive health care, rights, and access. The skills they are learning will not only allow them to advocate for the services Planned Parenthood provides, but they will also have the tools to advocate for any issue they feel passionate about.

Through a robust recruitment and interview process, twelve wonderful people were selected and will be part of our inaugural Storytellers Bureau, which launched at the end of January.  We are so excited about this program, and we can’t wait to keep you updated on our progress!

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