Stories are powerful.

Stories have the ability to captivate, inspire, and transform.Stories provide us with a means of connecting with others, sharing experiences, and understanding the world around us. They have the potential to break down barriers, foster empathy, and promote social change.  In fact, they have been an integral part of human communication since the dawn of time. Consider stories as carriers of narratives, containing embedded values and messages.We worked with local organizations and community members from Southeast D.C. to co-create a campaign focused on changing harmful narratives by sharing authentic, community-driven stories. We invite you to listen to these stories and celebrate the often-overlooked narratives about the Southeast community that are rooted in collective care, generosity, and pride.

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What narratives do you hold about poverty?

Narratives are collections of stories that communicate a central idea. We use narratives to make sense of the world, including how we understand poverty. This 5-minute quiz will assess your beliefs and attitudes about five common poverty narratives and show you how you compare to others.Ready to see where you land?