Penn State Berks and Star City Boxing team up to tell real-life stories

What occurs when college students within the Penn State Berks ‘Storytelling for Social Justice’ course crew up with Star City Boxing, a nonprofit group boxing and health program positioned within the City of Studying? The result’s a printed e-book titled “Stories from Star City Boxing,” a companion web site, and two movies that inform the tales of the affect the group has made on youth within the Better Studying space.

Seven Penn State Berks college students and their professor, Dr. Laurie Grobman, labored with members of the nonprofit to inform impactful real-life tales. Grobman designed the course across the idea of ‘counter story’ to problem dominant narratives and reveal tales of individuals and teams which might be hardly ever advised publicly and customarily misunderstood.

Star City Boxing has served tons of of youth, in addition to adults, since opening its doorways 5 years in the past. The nonprofit promotes and teaches the significance of household, self-discipline, self-respect, confidence and making a optimistic affect – each within the health club and in the neighborhood.

“Our hope is that the counter stories in this book offer meaningful narratives about Reading and the people who live in the city,” explains Grobman, distinguished professor of English and girls’s research at Penn State Berks.

Grobman and her college students labored intently with Star City Boxing homeowners Alex and Monica Betances, as nicely the volunteers who shared their tales: Max Baez, Lindsay Bates, Alex Betances, Jr., Aly Betances, Tyleah Betances, Henry Calvo, Luis Cintron, Julian Cruz, Chino Garcia, Shakeem Hodge, KJ Lindsay and Steve Torres.

The tales had been beforehand shared at two occasions as a part of the Berks4Peace Nationwide Youth Violence Prevention Week, April 25-30, 2022: one at Star City Boxing, and the opposite on the ‘Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges’ group occasion at Penn State Berks.

In response to Grobman, pupil writers Adam Chaffe, Giovanna DeLima, Joseph Fromuth, Troi Howell, Ja’nique Jules, Nicholas Kopp, and Elijah Schade approached the venture with open-minded enthusiasm. In addition they had a chance to step outdoors their consolation zone by interviewing individuals who they by no means met earlier than and dealing with these folks to co-tell, in writing, their tales.

The e-book was edited and designed by Joseph Fromuth, one of many pupil writers who continued his work on the venture as an editorial intern in summer time 2022. Fromuth additionally designed and revealed the “Stories from Star City Boxing” web site.

The venture was supported by the Dr. Ruth M. Freyberger Endowment for the Arts and Artwork Schooling at Penn State Berks. Images was supplied by Annabelle Bowers.

As much as 200 books will probably be distributed on the Peace & Gloves Block Celebration, which is able to embrace an novice boxing present, automotive exhibit, meals distributors and leisure. The occasion is sponsored by Star City Boxing and will probably be held on Penn Avenue (between fifth and sixth streets) in downtown Studying on August 13, starting at 1 p.m. with the primary boxing match beginning at 3:30 p.m.

For extra data on the “Stories from Star City Boxing” venture, or Star City Boxing, go to the web site.

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