Voices of tomorrow

APSN Tanglin SG50 Digital Story Montage


A well crafted story has the power to evoke emotions and empathy. Individual stories, however, do not always explain the wider context of the story. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. The 50 one-minute stories created in celebration of Singapore's 50th birthday give voice to the Persons with Special Needs community. These stories come from special needs children, their families, caregivers, alumni, caregivers, teachers and volunteers.  How is your community or organisation telling your stories? Could Collective Stories better present the needs and challenges that your organisation is addressing? Digital Storytelling offers quick and cost-effective way of creating many stories for your social media platforms. Here are four stories to whet your appetite on how collective stories can break the stereo types we sometimes embrace about certain people groups. Making Other Smile by Kweh Jia Xuan (a person with special accomplishments) I Still Choose Her by Mrs Helen Tan (a mother's story) Anything is Possible by Ang Yi Xian (an overcomer's story) Plan B by Hay Qing Hui (an alumni's success story) Tyros is proud to support the Persons with Special Needs community by training APSN educators in storytelling and through the creation of these 50 stories. The individual stories can be watched at TyrosSG@Facebook.

Endorsement – Bridget Iverson


What others say about us Bridget Iverson Youth / Slam Coordinator Young Writers Project Burlington, Vermont, USA Transcript Hi. I'm Bridget Iverson, Youth and Slam Coordinator at Young Writers Project. I attended the International Digital Stories Conference and that's where I met Angeline Koh. I attended her panel presentation on her work in Singapore and through the course of the weekend we had a number of conversations. I was very impressed with her strong beliefs in the power of digital stories. I was impressed with her dedication and her persistence, her friendliness and the high quality of the stories that she produces. Angeline has a strong understanding of how digital stories can be used to make an impact and that made her stand out from the rest of the rest of the attendees at the conference. I work with youth to help inspire and teach them to make stories about their own experiences. Angeline's work made me realise the unique thing about digital stories aside from their flexibility is their scalability. A digital story can be seen by thousands of people and have an impact on all of them, an impact on the future. And that's what I want to accomplish at Young Writers Project. I want to help youth use their stories to change their world. Angeline is an inspiration and she's a force to be reckoned with. Her talent is getting stories out into the world where they can do something. And she's excellent at it.

Crossroads by Ralph K Cabatana


"What do you wanna be when you grow up?" I was always asked as a kid. I wanted to be a lawyer, like my father. When kids were out in the playground, I was with Dad in the courthouse. When the other kids were busy with their toys, I was already planning on following my father's footsteps." A digital story produced by nursing undergrad Ralph Kho Cabatana Digital storytelling workshop Singapore, 28-30 Sept 2011.

Part of a Grand Design by Delia Foo


"Growing up, I never quite liked doing the rough and tumble thing. I would choose ballet over badminton, my soft bed over a tent, a swim over a hike in the nature reserve... Twelve years later, I stepped into my first school as a young teacher. My CCA assignment? The Girls' Brigade. Good-bye Drama Club, Hell-O camps, drill and crisp-ironed uniforms. I had my doubts, but duty kicked in. This square peg will need to be shaped to fit the round hole." A digital story by educator Delia Foo. Digital storytelling workshop conducted for the Ministry of Education, Singapore, August 2011.

2012 – the year the world ended by Rachel


"...The road to recovery wasn't instantaneous. Wasn't immediate..." I am a 19 year old student. I love to write fictional stories. I used to hurt myself to hide my pain. I created this digital story because I wanted to help others who are going through the same things I went through. Creating my digital story has helped me me to come to terms with what happened and helped others to know me.

Rich-Poor by Caitlin Barber


Service Learning, Community Involvement Programmes and Youth Expedition Projects have been around in Singapore since early 2000. The objectives: combine classroom instruction with meaningful community service emphasise critical thinking and personal reflection encourage a heightened sense of community, civic engagement, and personal responsibility How have we milked the learning opportunities these experiences offer? Are our young leaders internalising 
the lessons? Caitlin Barber is one such youth volunteer. She reflects on how meeting Aoi, a Thai prostitute when she served as a volunteer in Thailand has changed her life. She says, "Too often, I have suffered from the poverty of too much... She is my sister... When I realised our secret kinship, I cannot live in the poverty of apathy and independence..." On creating the story, Caitlin says: I actually loved the chance to truly process through my heart the sex trafficking industry (the women in it). It was difficult to truly express my heart at times, but in a very concise version helped me put it to words/video. A digital story by Caitlin Barber, facilitated at a Tyros (formerly Digital Storytelling Asia) Workshop, 17-19 August 2010. Colorado Springs, USA.