Storybooth is an award-winning digital storytelling platform that collects real stories from teens in their own words and voices, animates and distributes them across multiple digital media platforms. Since launching in July 2016, storybooth has become one of the fastest growing youth channels on YouTube. garnering over 4.55 million subscribers, and1.6 billion views. Over 600,000 story submissions from young adults all over the world have been submitted on a variety of topics – from bullying, self-esteem, racism and tolerance, to the everyday triumphs and challenges facing them as they journey toward adulthood. Recognized as a media property that is having a significant impact on kids and teens, Storybooth has won some of the most coveted awards in their category – the Webby Award for Best in Youth, two Shorty Awards and the Streamy Award for animation.
Storybooth was created in response to the rising challenges that adolescents face. According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly 1 in 3 of all adolescents ages 13 to 18 will experience an anxiety disorder. These numbers have been rising steadily; between 2007 and 2012, anxiety disorders in children and teens went up 20% and the rate of hospital admissions for suicidal teenagers have doubled over the past decade. Bullying is now formally a “public health problem” and high school graduates register 40% lower in empathy than their counterparts of 20 or 30 years ago. The platform’s mission is to empower and unify young people through authentic storytelling, giving teens a safe space to express themselves, share their real stories, and to find out that they are not alone in all that they are going through.
Storybooth meets GenZ where they are at, and uses emerging technologies that are integral to teens’ lives to distribute its content. In addition to its animated content format on YouTube, Storybooth has a daily podcast on Spotify – where every day a new story from a young storyteller is shared. Storybooth also has a book coming out in July 2022, published by Harper Collings Publishing.
Marcy Kaye, OtherSEE MEMBER PROFILE