Strengthening Storytelling by promoting and teaching the art of story among

young tellers

- Mission Statement

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To empower the nation’s youth through storytelling - Vision

The National Youth Storytelling (NYS) has seen 24 years of Excellence!

The events, held just after Labor Day, in conjunction with the Timpanogos Storytelling Conference and Festival, is the culmination of many hours of storytelling and competitions for youth tellers from across the nation.

Each year, thousands of youth across the country participate in storytelling competitions in schools, libraries, and communities. The top finalists move on to tell their stories at storytelling festivals and related events. Every state or group can submit their top youth storytellers to National Youth Storytelling via electronic recording.

From those submissions, eighteen to twenty youth storytellers are selected to be the National Youth Storytellers and are invited to travel to Utah in early September to gather, learn, perform, and celebrate their accomplishments at their own expense. Afterward, these talented youth will represent youth storytelling as Storytelling Ambassadors for the next year.


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National Youth Storytelling

NYS Tellers 2019, pictured above