17 episodes

Everyone dreams about how they want their life to look, but not everyone has the same level of opportunity to fulfill these dreams.
Some of us grow up in loving families with solid support systems, while some of us are born into hardship and trauma. None of us can choose the life we’re born into; none of us can write our own first story.
These situations might place us at a disadvantage, but they do not doom us. And sometimes a person or an experience helps bring the future we dreamed of into reach. It lets us pick up the pen and write our own second story.

Second Stories Second Story

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    • 5.0, 27 Ratings

Everyone dreams about how they want their life to look, but not everyone has the same level of opportunity to fulfill these dreams.
Some of us grow up in loving families with solid support systems, while some of us are born into hardship and trauma. None of us can choose the life we’re born into; none of us can write our own first story.
These situations might place us at a disadvantage, but they do not doom us. And sometimes a person or an experience helps bring the future we dreamed of into reach. It lets us pick up the pen and write our own second story.

    Renée

    Renée

    Renée has a law degree, a master's degree, and a PhD. 

    She also was born into poverty. She was a single parent. She was abused. She was a college dropout. 

    We see in her a world changer as much as we see her early disadvantages, and in that we are hopeful, we are even more resolved that regardless of a young person’s challenges, with the right kind of intervention, they truly can do anything

    If you’ve been inspired by the stories this season and want to make a difference, we invite you to donate to Second Story. 

    Visit www.second-story.org/give to contribute.

    • 31 min
    Topical Episode: Family Trauma

    Topical Episode: Family Trauma

    In some of their most tender years, young people need stability and support at home. But this isn’t always possible, and the stakes can be high. Tina Seeley, Program Manager for Second Story for Teens in Crisis, Lucy, from our last episode, and Lucy’s mom, Penny, join us today to talk about family trauma -- what it can mean for young people, and the ways that families can work to create supportive and understanding places to thrive together.   

    Second Stories is created and produced by Second Story. Learn more about us at www.second-story.org

    • 30 min
    Lucy

    Lucy

    Lucy’s story is remarkably normal. In fact, statistics say that about half of us will find solidarity with Lucy in that about half of us are children of divorce.

    Lucy, in many ways, gives voice to our collective experience. She relives something that is familiar for many of us, and forces us not to write off our pain even if it’s “normalized.” She reminds us that pain doesn’t have to be unique or unusual or diagnosable to be valid.

    Second Stories is created and produced by Second Story. Learn more about us at www.second-story.org

    • 29 min
    Topical Episode: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

    Topical Episode: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

    To experience something traumatic can feel earth-shattering, but common wisdom says that when we experience trauma we should process, recuperate, and “keep calm and carry on.” But it’s actually much more complicated than that - trauma can become a sort of Kaleidoscope, keeping a person from processing or living as they could before. Cathy Benn, Second Story’s senior therapist, shares about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) while Chrystel talks about her personal experience.

    Second Stories is created and produced by Second Story. Learn more about us at www.second-story.org

    • 32 min
    Chrystel

    Chrystel

    Today’s story looks at something major, what came and went as a major news story for most of us, and zooms all the way in at one person’s experience. Because even when we talk about issues and epidemics, they are, at their core, a collection of stories and experiences, and they’re completely more personal than we often make them seem.

    Second Stories is created and produced by Second Story. Learn more about us at www.second-story.org

    • 33 min
    Topical Episode: Domestic Abuse

    Topical Episode: Domestic Abuse

    The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that 10 million people a year are physically abused by an intimate partner, and young women, between the ages of 18 and 24, are the most common victims.  One of these young women is Bree, from our last episode. Angel, Program Manager for Second Story for Young Mothers, and one of Bree’s most important supporters during her time in the program, will be sharing some more information about how abuse affects specifically young women and their greater circle – their futures, dreams, children, and mental health, while Bree will be reflecting on how some of the broader stats and facts feel personal for her.

    Second Stories is created and produced by Second Story. Learn more about us at www.second-story.org

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

AndrewsJJ1 ,

Beautiful!

Love the way you share stories and highlight redemption.

Holly32390 ,

Loving this 2nd season already!

So excited for season 2! I listened to all of season 1, and am excited to hear what stories will be told this season!

YuJinLeedham ,

Thank you!

Looking forward to another great season of honest, awe-inspiring stories.

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