People are connected through stories of life experiences.  In some cultures history and traditions are kept alive through the practice of storytelling.

Southside Transformation Opportunities for Residents and Youth aims to become an impactful cornerstone in the lives of low-income citizens of the Southside region of Virginia.  Many of the people we serve have been trapped in generational cycles of poverty.  This is their history, but it doesn’t have to be their future.

Our vision is to transform lives one story at a time.  Every story must first be edited before readers experience the published version.  Providing programs that increase exposure to educational and cultural experiences can change a chapter in someone’s journey towards self-sufficiency.  It can expose youth in impoverished communities to opportunities that give them hope for a better future.  Perhaps being the first homeowner or college graduate in their families.  STORY’s role is to help edit the traditional path taken by many low-income persons through connections and opportunities to create better outcomes for families.

That’s what we storytellers do.  We restore order with imagination. 

We instill hope again and again and again. ~ Walt Disney