The Untold Stories Project is a community project, in which a safe space is created so that people can tell stories or hold space for others in which one may feel or has felt shame from. In creating this space for sharing, it is an opportunity to heal and to start feeling like we are not alone in our journey.
After participating in USP, by telling your story or listening to others, groups will be formed with others with have similar stories, to work together on projects. The purpose is on making an impact in the community and reaching others who may be isolated and hopeless. There is an option to have the stories recorded for personal growth, a podcast, documentary, and/or a book.
Now is the time to stand up to the cycle we continue to let happen because we feel these stories should be kept a secret. How can the next generation learn from us, if we cannot get “the real”, into our conversations? The point of this project is to break down the walls, stop sweeping issues under the carpet, and give people the opportunity to learn from their experiences. People still think they are alone or no one understands what they are or have gone through. Stop the suffering and allow people to move forward instead of letting the past hold them down.
Everyone has an important story to tell, something raw, vulnerable, and close to them.
“I am feeling inspired by the stories of struggle and triumph today at Toivo’s USP and I am grateful to all the story tellers for sharing their stories and for their courage and strength . Breaking our silence and sharing our stories is such an important step in healing. Through sharing our stories we discover we are not alone, we inspire one another, we help break the stigma, we gain support and unconditional love, we make new friends, and we share the positive energy in a safe environment. So many more benefits too. Thank you Toivo (Kelvin Young) and Kristen Larson for hosting this wonderful event and thanks to Andrew for drumming, Larry for playing guitar and singing, and Kelvin Young for sound healing. The pot luck was delicious. The entire afternoon was such a big part of my own healing journey. Blessings to all.”
“The Untold Stories Project offers a safe space to be heard or just to receive other people’s stories with care. Everyone seems really attentive. There’s a nice balance between story-telling and connecting around other fun activities, too. ”