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Welcome to the guidelines for the Picture your Story (PicS) Toolkit!

These guidelines accompany the picture talk and storytelling exercises in the PicS Toolkit. Here you can learn how to use these exercises, along with some tips & tricks that will help you deliver a great and effective workshop.

These guidelines consist of the following to PicS:

If you want to learn more about the theories behind this Toolkit – in the fields of picture talk, storytelling, identity work, setting up a workshop and/or youth work in different European national context – you can download our Foundation Bricks publication on this website.

What can you find in the PicS Toolkit?

What can you find in the PicS Toolkit?​​

Before we will explain why and how you can use this Toolkit, we would like to point out what you can find in it.

The PicS Toolkit consists of three ‘parts’:


In the guidelines you can read how to use the exercises and the sets of pictures in organising workshops for youth from different backgrounds, aiming to create empathy, build mutual understanding and – in the best case – even develop close collaborations and friendships.

To further acquire in-depth understanding of how to build bridges between youth from different backgrounds, we sometimes refer to articles found in the so-called Foundation Bricks. This in-depth knowledge is not required when you want to use the Toolkit, but it might help you to deliver a strong and memorable workshop.

Set of exercises

The exercises can be used to deliver the workshop. We developed a great variety of exercises that can be used in different phases within the workshop to reach different objectives.

We labelled each exercise in order to facilitate its use in the workshop. In the blink of an eye you can see when the best moment is to use an exercise, for what purpose you can use it and how long it will take. Using these labels, it’s easy to compose the workshop you want, fitting in the time you have available.

Using the available tools we challenge you to compose the ideal workshop yourself!

Of course, the exercises can also serve as an inspiration. Don’t hesitate to personalize them to your own style. And if you see that a specific exercise works way better when you adjust it or use it in another way, please let us know – we’re always open to improve the tools we’ve developed for you!

Four sets of pictures

This Toolkit is about using picture talk and storytelling tools. That’s why we provide you with picture sets you can use when implementing the exercises. Each picture set is connected to several exercises (see the labels for detail), and each picture set has another application. We did thorough research on the effect specific kinds of pictures had, finding out that pictures with a lot of meaning – such as press pictures – trigger completely different reactions and emotions than pictures with less meaning – such as pictures used in an Instagram profile. Depending on the objectives, the group you are working with and the time you have considered for your workshop, you can play around with that.

We also provide certain exercises that don’t make use of this picture set. You can use other pictures to play them, for example pictures from participants’ smartphones.

In the chapter How to use the Toolkit?  we will explain more about the different kinds of pictures that are provided.