Allow us to introduce ourselves. We are LitWorld and Story Share, two organizations who are coming together to spread joy and hope through literacy. At LitWorld, our mission is to empower young people to author lives of independence, hope, and joy. How do we do that? By implementing transformational literacy programs called LitClubs and LitCamps in 20 countries and across the United States. Transformational literacy is the fancy term we use to describe the change that happens when literacy becomes a meaningful part of our lives.
At Story Shares, we are devoted to inspiring reading practice and improving these literacy skills. How do we do that? By bringing together writers, readers, and educators with our collaborative digital literacy hub. We provide relevant and readable stories to inspire a love of reading in students who struggle. Literacy is about so much more than words on a page. It is a lifelong tool that you can use any way you want: to learn about things, to find your way, to find yourself, to change the world.
We are so excited to team up with together for a 7 Strengths blog series that is all about using the power of stories to become resilient and ready to use your own story to dream big and find new ways to connect with your community, and the world. The 7 Strengths - Belonging, Curiosity, Friendship, Kindness, Confidence, Courage, and Hope - come from the LitClub curriculum that are used with children and families to celebrate and amplify the inner strength they already have. These core ideas are essential for feeling fully ready for success in school, for healthy friendships and for facing all of the challenges, bumps and blips that come our way as we go through life.
Here are the 7 Strengths in all of their glory:
Belonging – Identifying as a needed, loved, and respected member of one’s family, community, and world as a whole
Curiosity – Fostering a willingness to explore new territory and test new theories
Friendship – Having close, trusting relationships with others
Kindness – Being tender towards others in the world who are in need, both near and far
Confidence – Thinking independently and expressing ideas with assurance
Courage – The strength to do something that you know is right, even though it may be difficult
Hope – Thinking optimistically and believing that today’s efforts will produce good things in the future for yourself and for the world
In the coming weeks, we will dig into the awesome Story Shares library for recommended reading that will explore each of the 7 Strengths. Whether you’re heading back to school and need a confidence boost and the comfort of knowing that feeling nervous is normal, or are interested in the power of curiosity, and how approaching life with wonder could lead to exciting opportunities, we’ve got you covered.