REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER 2020 COHORT OPENING SOON!
We all have a story that needs to be shared. So how do we tell it with impact? How do we prompt our audience to listen? How do we inspire action? Sign up to our email list to stay tuned on when the next cohort opens!
Learn to craft your personal narrative through a 10-week storytelling coaching program made for womxn. Led by Diana Diaz, founder of RAWW (Real Authentic Women Wellness), storyteller, writer, mental health advocate, wife and mother of twins, the YSTT Academy consists of biweekly 1-on-1 coaching sessions with Diana, group coaching sessions, and weekly interactive exercises.
FALL COHORT HAS CONCLUDED - SPRING 2020 COHORT COMING SOON!
This is not a standard public speaking program. Diana's focus is helping you hone in on the most impactful parts of your story. While we will cover public speaking strategies, it will be with your unique story in mind.
Diana is not a licensed therapist or mental health clinician. Conversations between coach and student are meant to be strictly nonclinical but also 100% confidential. We highly recommend seeking a licensed therapist to work through and heal past or existing trauma and/or other health and wellness issues.
Cost of Program is $997
(or 3 installments of $333)
Founder of Real Authentic Women Wellness (RAWW), a revolutionary nonprofit focused on breaking mental and sexual health related taboos and stigmas for women, Diana R. Diaz is a true example of what someone with passion and a vision is capable of accomplishing. As a wife, mother of 4-year-old twins, and survivor of severe anxiety herself, Diana is an avid advocate for mental wellness. Diana was motivated by her life experiences to create RAWW as a way to initiate honest and informed conversations in nonclinical spaces. Named RAWWTalks, these events draw upon the art of storytelling to cover topics of depression, anxiety, sexual empowerment, sexual trauma, sex education, mental abuse and many more subjects that are typically considered tabooed. Today, she is on a mission to teach women the importance of telling their stories.
"You want to see real and sustainable change in your community, then learn to tell your story"
Diana is a proud Mexican-American and Central Valley native, daughter of farm workers and a first-generation college student. Much of her work through RAWW is a direct result of what she experienced in her own culture. While the Mexican culture is rich in history, music and food, many aspects of it do not favor women. Generally, it means having to deal with machismo, shame associated with mental issues, and discouragement of healthy conversations about sex. For Diana, creating RAWW was a rebellious act—something she found to be extremely liberating, as it gives her a chance to assert her feminist perspective and help other women in the process.
Recently, Diana was selected as an official Storyteller (the only one from Central Valley to be selected) at this year’s #WEALLGROW Summit—a sold-out Latina conference in Long Beach that brings together the most influential community of Latina creators and entrepreneurs in the country. Diana was also named Community Champion of the Year from the Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
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So happy you asked! I always say that if you want to see real and sustainable change happen in your community, then YOU should learn to tell your story.
See, from the moment we exit our mother’s womb, our existential lives are filled with turning points, shifts, and pivots. Early on, we blindly bought into the notion that our time here on Earth is linear. Society and culture taught us that we had to enjoy our childhood, go to school, finish school, get the dream job, find the soulmate, have the kids and voilà happily ever after…
Wouldn’t that be something…
What we NOW know is that life didn’t quite turn out so linear. Life just happened. Your life reached a turning point, a shift. Good or bad, the experience forced you to change. Lessons were learned and now here you are, newly transformed and with a newfound perspective. Let me be very clear when I say this… that right there is a gift, YOUR GIFT.
And gifts are meant to be shared.
Believe it or not, there is incredible power in YOUR story—as mundane or as grandiose as it may be. Learning to tell your story effectively is one of the hardest most worthwhile things you will ever do. Because when you learn articulate your experiences and emotions in ways that move people into action… you create an army of changemakers. So while one story alone may not change the world, collectively our stories create positive ripples for generations to come, and thus leaving our legacies.
Let's explore your story together.
Wow! Wow! Wow! is how I would describe the Your Story To Tell Academy if i had to in three words. It was transformational. I knew I had a story, a few stories actually, but Diana helped me chose the story that was 1. Most impactful in my life and 2. Most relatable to other women like me. Diana guided us through 1-on-1 coaching sessions and evening weekly homework that I enjoyed so much because not only did I learn more about myself but it also allowed me to do what she calls "brain dump" to get rid of all the noise and distractions. Diana is a master on what she does and she helps us get to another level of confidence to share our stories!
I just wanted to say thank you so much for giving me a platform to tell a story that was buried in me. Thank you for all the guidance. The lessons have helped me overcome my fear of executing my ideas. I have leaned to clear my mind and find my artistic passion. This has been my therapy. I've uncovered a lot of deep wounds and slowly in this short period found some closure. It has inspired me to move forward with something I have always felt in my heart that I should be doing. I just didn't know how or where to start. Thank you for all of you patience, your flexibility, your kind words and your support - means a lot. This story telling class has been a whole ass mood! :) Good luck with all your future classes. I wish you much success.
This was a life changing experience for me! One of the bravest moments of my life! I let go of fear and courage won!!! I am not one to openly discuss my past to complete strangers or discuss it on social media...but I have literally come to a point in my life that I no longer have to be who I once was. I don’t have to build a tough exterior to hide behind. I am free to be me! I am a survivor of child sexual abuse and if I have helped at least one person free themselves from that bondage of silence then I will tell this story 100 more times! And thank you to the YSTT Academy for helping and encouraging me to tell the story...the story that freed me. I am brave, strong and I am finally free.