"There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories."

                                                                                      -- Ursula K. LeGuin

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Storytelling Programs to Improve Literacy & Communication

Storytelling is one of the oldest traditions of mankind and is a unique way to enhance literacy and communication skills, build self-esteem, and so much more. We provide professional storytelling for education, children and youth, and families in at-risk communities in New Jersey. Programs can be found in schools, detention and youth shelters as well as community organizations. Check out the following to find how storytelling can help you!

Today, more than ever, at-risk communities are lacking the resources – monetary, emotional, social or psychological – to live full, healthy lives that enable them to develop and grow into happy contributing members of society. The children and youth of these communities, are at risk of

  • not being ready for school
  • failing in school
  • forming unhealthy relationships
  • lagging in literacy development
  • engaging in self-destructive behaviors
  • developing anti-social behaviors
  • not finding and sustaining a career...and more
SAI is dedicate to helping remediate these issues in the at-risk communities we serve. 

What's New

Join us for our Storytelling Arts Bridge to the Arts Camp 2015! Registration is now starting for our 6th year of camp. Classes will be held for one week, from Monday, August 17 - Friday, August 21, 2015 at the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Trenton, NJ from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. 

We focus on the visual and performing arts and classes are taught by experienced and talented arts educators. We welcome campers from ages 5 - 12 and teens can apply to work as a Camp Counselor. 

Check out the cover letter, camp application, and Teen Counselor application for all the details. Have a question - contact Edna Friman at edna.bridge2arts@gmail.com 

SAI Bridge to the Arts Camp Cover Letter
SAI Bridge to the Arts Camp - Camp Application
Teen Counselor Information - SAI Bridge to the Arts Camp 2015

We would like to thank the Rose and  Louis H. Linowitz Charitable Foundation and Christine's Hope for Kids, for thier continued support of this year's camp. 

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SAI is very pleased to be working on the following programs:

  • Connecting Literacy and Science and Technology Program with Stokes Early Education Center and Young Scholars - both located in Trenton, NJ
  • Morris County Detention Center and Youth Shelter
  • 2nd Year Intensive Professional Development and Residency Program with Alexander Hamilton Academy
  • 5th Year of our Pre-School Residency at the Head Start Organization of Morris County
  • Storytelling Program with the 6th Grade Classrooms of Frelinghuysen Middle School in Morristown, NJ
  • Summer Camp with the West Windsor Arts Council
  • Collaborative workshop with the Zimmerli Art Museum
  • Professional Development Workshops with Princeton Nursery School and Linden Early Education Educators
  • In-classroom Residency and Family Literacy Night with C.A. Dwyer Elementary in Rockaway, NJ
  • Three-day residency with Harding Township 2nd Graders



SAI is proud to be currently funded by:

   Morris County Grant in Aid

   The Countess Moira Charitable Foundation

   The Princeton Area Community Foundation

   The PNC Foundation

   The Turrell Fund 

Our vision is to enable at-risk children and youth to bridge the literacy gap, build communication and social skills and succeed in school and the outside world. Whether challenged by learning disabilities, learning English as a second language or living in impoverished conditions, those we serve are language deprived.

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