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July 8, 2021 | Webinar

Learning Through Interactivity: How to Tell a Story - Part 1


Institute for Leadership in Education Development (I-LED)


Twahna Harris, Victoria Ybanez, Jennifer White, and Rebecca Del Rossi

Date Recorded:

July 8, 2021


The Institute for Leadership in Education Development (I-LED) presents the third webinar of a 4-part series on interactivity and adult learning. 

As facilitators and educators of survivor-serving organizations, we use stories, experiences, and scenarios to disseminate information on violence intervention and prevention. As adult learners, we are 22 times more likely to remember a fact when it is told to us in a story.  This two-part webinar within our larger series focuses on storytelling as a mechanism for adult learning. In this first part, we delve into the history and tradition of storytelling in different cultures and the role of survivor stories utilized by DVSA and other survivor-serving organizations. 

Learning Objectives:

As a result of this learning session, participants will be better able to: 

  • Recognize the history of storytelling as a central and formative aspect of non-European/western-centric model of education;  

  • Evaluate goals and intentions when engaging survivor stories

  • Identify storytelling as a tool of interactivity and adult learning; and

  • Identify common themes/tools used as a mechanism of storytelling.


The Institute for Leadership in Education Development (I-LED): Offers hands-on workshops and technical assistance to help US Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) grantees to enhance the relevance and effectiveness of training and education programs supported by OVW, and improve the capacity of OVW grantees to design and deliver well-organized, accessible, highly-interactive training and education for their constituents.


  • Twahna Harris

    Founder and CEO of the Butterfly Society

    Twahna has been a prominent advocate for victims and survivors of domestic violence for over 10 years and continues to work closely with the community.  The organization was created due to her own personal experience with abuse.  Twahna has gained recognition on both local and state levels for the ground work she does.  Recently, Twahna has been appointed to the Domestic Violence Task Force Commission for the State of Louisiana and the Women Advancement Committee for the City of Baton Rouge. She has been appointed to serve on the Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children for the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services. 

  • Victoria Ybanez

    Red Wind Consulting

    Ms. Ybanez has been working to end violence against American Indian/Alaskan Native women and addressing housing needs for nearly 30 years. She developed and is the Executive Director of Red Wind Consulting, Inc. coordinating and providing Tribal Technical Assistance for recipients of the Tribal Governments Program for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) and Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative (DVPI) programs for Indian Health Service. She has more than 15 years’ experience in conducting strategic planning with a range of non-profit and for profit organizations and working with organizations and programs in developing strategies to address multiple forms of oppression. 

  • Jennifer White

    Director for Learning and Leadership, Futures Without Violence

  • Rebecca Del Rossi

    Program Specialist for Learning and Leadership, Futures Without Violence 


Please contact Jeremiah-Anthony Righteous Rogers at

This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K067, awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

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