My Story - A New Day
As a young kid, I used to get teased a lot. I had enormous buck teeth, braces, and a headgear that glinted from the elementary playground into the stratosphere. My unruly cowlick, bowl cut, and unusual first name didn't help either. For years, my dad insisted my name, Dag-ne was "unique and character building" but all it ever seemed to elicit, was confusion or mockery . . .
"Hey, Dog-meat!" A throng of popular misfits would yell in droves, as they wielded rubber four-square balls mercilessly in my direction. Needles to say, recess was not my favorite.
One day walking home from middle school, a Scandinavian friend told me that "Dag-ne" in old Norse actually meant "New Day" or dawn. At the time, despite my social awkwardness and lack of esteem, I distinctly remember feeling empowered. I began to appreciate my name and slowly take pride in my cultural background and familial history. I was, after all, a descendant of immigrants, sailors, and storytellers. It's likely you are too!
Now, many years later, as a passionate international English and social science educator, mother, forensics-speaking coach, and defender of student advocacy, I strive to embody and model the qualities of an empathetic, humble yet resilient global citizen. My fervent goals, inspired by years of teaching, writing, mentoring, tutoring, and coaching, are to empower youth and curate an inclusive and collaborative publishing platform for young people around the world.
To give ALL KIDS a voice and opportunity to be heard, seen, and truly valued. And, in the spirit of new possibilities, hope, and dare I say even redemption, it begins with a name in translation: "New Day" Storytelling Advocates.
New Day Storytelling Advocates
New Day Storytelling Advocates is committed to fostering a spirit of socially and environmentally conscious artistic endeavors and to invite youth from every nation, background, and ability to engage in thoughtful discourse about our world! We desire for youth to connect, build relationships, and create together.
So, whether you enjoy oral, visual, written, digital, or artistic storytelling, our hope is that
through the medium of stories, you can find an authentic community of aesthetes
who are passionate about advocating for our planet and its beautiful people.
No experience is required and you can check your prerequisites, test scores, and GPA at the door!
Here at New Day Storytelling Advocates, we invite you to embrace creativity,
collaboration, and the catharsis of art like never before...
VISIT OUR FREE BLOG
To read submissions from your peers regarding issues you care about and consider contributing pieces of your own!
PUBLISH A PROJECT
To encourage awareness, empathy, advocacy, or agency!
ADVERTISE PERSONAL ARTISTRY SAMPLES
To collaborate with peers on creative projects!
DESIGN ADVOCACY APPAREL
To prototype and potentially sell in our shop!
ATTEND AN ADVOCACY EXPERIENCE
To build community internationally, domestically, or online!
To spread a collective spirit of youth advocacy across our planet!
Lastly, it's absolutely essential to note that New Day Storytelling Advocates is committed to the highest level of integrity and transparency. We are a socially and environmentally conscious organization. This means that with every dollar earned and invested, we pledge to serve our most vulnerable youth stakeholders first and as generously as possible. We believe in modeling servant leadership every day, in the big and little decisions, and working tirelessly with our local and international community to ensure we can offer creative opportunities to young people around the world. We believe that every child is unique, sacred, and deserving of respect, dignity, and educational opportunities that foster self-efficacy, skills, talents, and personal passions. We desire to demonstrate a fierce love for kids and their creative capacities in all that we do and in our pursuit of their advocacy journey.
We are "by kids, for kids."
So, come join the movement and support kids' authentic advocacy endeavors! It's high time we leveraged youth leadership to its fullest capacity. No dream is too big or too small.
You are never too young to speak, write, create, dream and advocate!
With extreme gratitude,
Founder of New Day Storytelling Advocates