Teens take to the stage to tell their stories in Champaign this weekend
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Teens take to the stage to tell their stories in Champaign this weekend

An offshoot from the popular That’s What She Said stage production, That’s What Teens Say will welcome 15 young ladies from Champaign-Urbana area schools to tell their stories on stage.

Their final performance of the year is on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. at the Douglass Community Center in Champaign. Tickets are a $5 donation at the door that will go toward ongoing teen programming at the Champaign Park District.

The teens were chosen from both middle and high schools and took part in three days of confidence building, creative expression and empowerment through empathy, according to organizers.

Jenette Jurczyk, the national director of the The She Said project, has been staging this production for three years now. The She Said has been on a roll this fall, expanding its audience with its first stage show in Bloomington as well as a podcast on NPR.

The teens receive two days of personal development coaching and public speaking training as the ladies find and write their own personal story. Just like the adult speakers in That’s What She Said, the teen girls then bravely share their story with friends, family, peers and the community.

Susan Barreto

Written by Susan Barreto

Susan is an award-winning journalist who has worked for a number of regional and global publications. Much of her career has been covering the global finance industry for publications published by Crains, Reuters and Euromoney/Institutional Investor. She also interned and later freelanced for Rockford Magazine as well as the Northwestern Illinois Farmer newspaper.

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