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The Joy of Storytelling

We love telling, hearing and sharing stories. This is why you’ll find storytelling in all we do. Children take a storytelling journey whether they’re attending one of our storytelling events, using our curriculum in a classroom, playing with an activity box, or reading our animated stories. 

Global Sleepover has programs in the USA, UK, United Arab Emirates, South Sudan, Kosovo, Egypt, India, North Africa, South Africa, and Colombia. We are proud to continue growing. So grab your passports, pack your pajamas and join us on a Global Sleepover adventure today.

WHERE IT ALL STARTED: A SLEEPOVER IN THE WHITE HOUSE

When one of our Founders David was 12 years old, his father worked at the White House. So David grew up going on Sleepovers at the White House. David and his friends tell stories of exciting adventures at the White House, getting into mischief with the Secret Service, and bowling at the White House bowling alley.

One day David was telling Geeta, our other Founder, this story. They decided to turn these adventures into a children’s book titled “Sleepover at the White House,” based on David’s adventures. And that’s how the idea of Global Sleepover came about. The idea quickly turned global. Why not write stories about Sleepover adventures all over the world? So while we started with a Sleepover at the White House but then grew to stories about a Sleepover in Antarctica, India, Amazon, the World Cup in Brazil, Singapore, Egypt and many other places and countries!

OUR JOURNEY: FROM A PIECE TO THE WHOLE

 When we first began in 2010, we created solutions using interactive and multi-media technology to promote positive youth development, literacy, global competencies and meaningful youth engagement. These solutions were especially designed to be applied in low-tech and crisis contexts.  Our research team tested solutions for user experience, user design, impact and sustainability. During this pilot and feedback process that lasted 3- 4 years, we realized a solution wasn’t enough. Our solution, while versatile, needed to be couched in a specific context, catered to specific youth needs, integrated into a larger constellation.

We then evolved to a model that integrates our solutions through programmatic implementation, empowers the individual and the teacher to integrate, and provides a programmatic agenda that can be measured and assessed.

As a global team, we have built and crafted expertise at all junctions of the programmatic lifecycle: assessment and survey combining qualitative and quantitative youth data, designing a solution, developing a plan for implementation, executing that plan, monitoring and evaluation, and sustainability.

Education, Engagement, Entertainment

Global Sleepover Educates, Entertains and Engages children ages 5-13. We call this our Three E Methodology. Whether through storytelling workshops, summer camps, birthday parties, gift activity boxes, interactive and multi-media stories, or in-classroom curriculum, the Three E Methodology is our driving principle. We rely on this methodology because it ensues education, entertainment and engagement are incorporated in all products and services.

The New Generation of 21st Century Citizens

We know your child is growing up in a global world where critical thinking and global understanding is needed. We are committed to empowering a new generation of multi-cultural global citizens and delivering equitable and transformative education. Our work also benefits and reaches children in conflict and emergency settings, disadvantaged communities and children with hearing, learning or seeing challenges.

Utilizing innovative approaches and evidence-based programming, we work with public and private sector clients towards inclusive education; increasing positive youth development (PYD) and CVE; preparing youth with appropriate 21st Century Skills (STEM, digital literacy, global competencies) and preparing teachers, community members, adults, parents, family members- all part of the ever widening community of educators.

Thought Leader

We are proud to share our work with our collaborators and colleagues. Some notable presentations have been numerous presentations at USAID’s Mobiles Alliance for Education and USAID Education Officers Conferences, at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business International Roundtable, at Hackney University in England and at American University.  
 
Global Sleepover is a 2017 nominee for a UNESCO International Literacy Prize and a 2017 Cohort Member of the United State Institute of Peace’s PeaceTech Incubator. In 2014, we were a finalist in a Telefonica and UK Gov’t Social Enterprise Competition and, in 2015, a recipient of the Creative Spark Grant Award in Washington, DC. In 2015 our cohort of interactive technologists were awarded the Library of Congress prize for Best Practices in Literacy.  We are published in the UK Enabling Education Review, presented at USAID’s YouthPower Webinars, a 2013-2014 Member of Google Campus in London and a current member of the National Endowment Arts (NEA) funded Gateway Media Arts Lab in Washington, DC.

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