Recommended Resources: Street Stories

Contributed by: Jacolize Becker, Diocese of Auckland

Street Stories is a two-part series of DVD resources designed to build emotional resilience and empathy in intermediate age students. It is packed full of gritty street stories about real people who overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The stories are hard-hitting and honest, telling the truth about the reality of life, from the inspirational story of Sully – working hard to transform his community in Otara – to Stacey, a survivor of the Christchurch earthquake, and many more. Compiled by reporter and documentary maker, Rob Harley, and created by the Churches Education Commission, Street Stories shares valuable insights into the lives of people ‘going the distance’. It is designed to build hauora, emotional resilience and empathy.

This resource works well with an intermediate aged or junior youth group, and equally well in a school context. The resource comes with great discussion starters, scriptures, quotes and karakia which are easily adaptable to suit your group’s needs or what you want to achieve from the discussion.

The videos are really great quality and could be a massive eye-opener for young people. It potentially opens up a world outside of our frame of reference and serve as a reminder that what we know and have, is only a snippet of this world. The stories are thought provoking, some are quite shocking, but they all have a positive message and create a sense of hope – and the notion that one person can make a difference.

Street Stories 1 has 22 lessons including: Let Fly, A Clown in Kosovo, Holocaust Survivor, David walks again, Saving Wild Boy, Man on Fire, Sully builds lives in Otara, and A West Auckland Street Story.

Street Stories 2 has 20 lessons including: Stacey, Earthquake Survivor; The Corlett Family in Burma; Brylee, a Dance of Victory; Heart Surgery in Fiji; The Day My Legs Stopped Working; False Identity; The Family of Natasha Bray and Orphans Aid.

Street Stories is available to purchase via the CEC Toolbox – a log in is required, for access please contact us.