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Turning Pages

In collaboration with the Interfaith Community of Boise, Boise Schools, and Rediscovered Books, Storyfort is helping launch a new YouTube reading series – Turning Pages.

Featuring twelve BIPOC leaders in the Boise area who will be reading and discussing children’s books (by other BIPOC authors). Each 10-minute episode will include the reader’s introduction of their personal journey and how each selected book has enriched, inspired and educated them.

Literacy is a justice issue, and in these times of racial divide it’s very important to center BIPOC voices to elevate role models and the importance of reading to our future leaders. The series will engage teachers, parents and K-6th grade learners as they hear from BIPOC role models and listen to stories that bring the BIPOC experiences to the forefront. Each episode allows young students, teachers, parents and viewers to gain insight, empathy and a broader understanding of the diverse voices and experiences these books and leaders bring into the world.

Turning Pages will be launched throughout Boise K-6th grade classrooms, and will be made available to the broader public and learners of any age via the Turning Pages YouTube channel. Episodes will be released every two weeks beginning February 1, 2021 through May 17, 2021. Turning Pages: Season 2 will launch Fall 2021.

Featured readers include:

  • Coach R-Jay Barsh – Boise State Basketball and Generation Wellness
  • Leta Harris Neustaedter, LCSW – Arts Educator, Musician, Clinical Social Worker, Creator/host of The Lovely Afro on Radio Boise
  • Detective Dave Thomas – Juvenile Detective with Boise Police Dept, School Resource Officer, retired US Air Force
  • Carmen Pemsler – BSU Student Graduating in Civil Engineering and Math
  • Fowzia Adan – BSU Student Graduating with degree in Public Health and member/representative of the Islamic Center of Boise
  • Tai Simpson – Community Organizer, Storyteller
  • Sonya Rosario – Activist, Filmmaker and Writer
  • Life Ilunga – Administrative Assistant for VP of Finance at BSU
  • Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb – Former Idaho State Senator, Executive Coach and Motivational Speaker
  • David “Eleven” Maxwell – Musician, Writer, Educator
  • Phillip Thompson – Executive Director of Idaho Black History Museum
  • Whitney Mestelle – Executive Director and Co-founder at Inclusive Idaho
  • Life Ilunga – Administrative Assistant for VP of Finance at BSU and board member of the International Health and Peace Initiative