By teaching kids to tell the most difficult story they'll ever tell--their own--we accomplish two things.  First, we prepare them for life because every career requires storytelling---education, law, government, advertising, design, tech, etc. It's how we communicate as humans.  It's in our very DNA.   And if they've learned what is unique about themselves through this process they can tell all stories through their own voice.
Second, learning to tell their story requires perspective and hence provides the key ingredient for self knowledge.  It not only requires that they see themselves as the main character(instead of a secondary character in someone else's story) but it requires them to start to explore where they'd like to go.  My experience through 5500 interviews is that kids who visualize where they'd like to go are much more likely to get there than those who do not.
Story is everything and the StoryQ Method through the 5000 Days Project is one tool that helps capture and teach it.

About Rick
Dr Rick Stevenson has conducted over 5500 deeply personal interviews with kids and teens from 12 countries using his StoryQ method of inquiry, which is dedicated to raising childhood emotional intelligence.  He believes that teaching young people to tell the most difficult story they’ll ever tell—their own—unlocks their potential from within.  His own story ranges from earning a Doctorate at Oxford University to directing, producing, and writing 12 movies and 100 hours of television, working with stars like Robert Redford, Hugh Grant, Meg Ryan, and Patrick Dempsey.  He’s also an author, husband, and a father of four.