Audio recordings should be 4 minutes or less. The stories should be real experiences and with a message of hope about how you got through rough times.
Audio story should focus on a positive message about how you or a friend got through a rough time. Yes, sometimes the rough time is difficult to talk about, but quickly move through it and into what helped bring you out of the darkness.
1. The person submitting the story should be 16-24 years old, and the story itself should be about people who are 16-24.
2. The audio should be at least 2 minutes, but no more than 5 minutes.
3. If you use music, use original music, license-fee music or music for which you have received rights and releases. Please do not simply add music from your favorite group. You can Google "free music clips" or "free music" for legally free music to use.
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4. While your journey may have been painful, don’t dwell on the details, they may trigger traumatic emotional responses in others. Although valid, focus on the positive message of how you got through the rough times.
If you need help in developing your story, contact us at URStories@youarenotalonenetwork.org
Here Are Some Tips For Making A Good Audio Story
It is important to record somewhere it is QUIET. Speak clearly and loud enough for your voice to be recorded. Control for external noises and distractions.
TIP: You can create your own "noise free chamber" by recording under a blanket!
Experiment with your recorder and see what kind of sound it picks up. Test to see how close or far away you should be for good sound.
As with the video, think about a story line or guide for the audio. We are not looking for details, but possibly a first name, perhaps age, in high school or college, your tribal identification, and a “lead in” to the story, i.e., “my name is Ryan, I am Blackfeet from Montana and in high. I want to tell you about when I was sent away to boarding school.”
My Rough Time:
Here you can tell about your “rough time” and how you worked through it. While you want those who hear the story to know it was not an easy time, move quickly to how you got through it. Who were the people who helped you out? What can you tell those who listen that will help them? What is the lesson/message you want them to remember?
Leave them with a feeling of hope, and that you know they can make it through their rough times too!
HOW TO SUBMIT AUDIO STORY AND REQUIRED MATERIALS:
Please abide by the YANAN guidelines above and email your submission to: URStories@youarenotalonenetwork.org