The Bigger Picture is a collaboration between Youth Speaks, and the University of California, San Francisco Center for Vulnerable Populations  designed to combat the rising epidemic of Type 2 Diabetes by empowering youth to change the conversation about the disease, and work to change the social and environmental factors that have led to its spread.

We aim to inspire young people to challenge and name the institutional, environmental and social causes of Type 2 Diabetes. It is our hope that by raising their voicetaking action and joining the conversation they will inevitably alter the trajectory of the disease, and provide youth with a virtual platform, and real life performance opportunities for their stories to be heard.

The Bigger Picture campaign will employ several strategies including:

Writing Workshops – We have facilitated three curated Bigger Picture Writing Workshops that were facilitated by Expert Poet Mentors from Youth Speaks and health professionals from the Center for Vulnerable Populations at San Francisco General Hospital.

Video Public Service Announcements (PSAs) – Select pieces from the three already completed writing workshops (mentioned above) were selected to be filmed and produced as short films. These PSAs invite people to join the conversation and encourage young people to take action against the spread of this disease.  All of these pieces can be viewed here.

School Assemblies and Outreach Events – We will present The Bigger Picture Assemblies at 15 SF Bay Area High Schools and numerous local and national conferences in the 2014 – 2015 school year.  We aim to present to over 10,000 young people before the end 2013 school year. Book us this school year.

Educators Toolkit – This toolkit is a resource for educators and students to learn more about The Bigger Picture behind Type 2 Diabetes.  It includes lesson plans, writing prompts, visual aids, facts and figures, conversation starters, a glossary of terms, and insightful ways to view and examine the existing PSAs.   It is our hope that as you implement the lessons and activities in this document, you inspire more stories to be told, and empower more people to care about preventing the spread of Type 2 Diabetes.