MO-TRAYL’s ‘Finding Your Voice’ project wins social impact award

The MO-TRAYL team's storytelling workshop with research participants, 'Finding Your Voice', has won the 2021 Valorization Prize of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) at Maastricht University, a prize that honors research with a notable social impact. Alongside the MO-TRAYL researchers, several young workshop participants and the Ghanaian workshop facilitator Franka Andoh joined the online ceremony to accept award.

Finding Your Voice brough together 11 participants from MO-TRAYL's three European case study countries in the summer of 2019. Together, the workshop produced podcasts, interviews, and an (e-)book in three languages featuring stories by the young participants about their transnational lives and reflections by the researchers and practical information on the workshop.

In awarding the prize on 1 June, the jury said about ‘Finding Your Voice’: “It is clear that considerable thought has gone into the development of this workshop and its associated outputs, which successfully paint a powerful and moving picture of the respondents and researchers alike. … The net result are carefully crafted products which not only give the respondents a voice, but also give the reader a unique perspective on their stories which they would not have enjoyed through traditional channels.”

You can read and listen to the stories, interviews, and more from Finding Your Voice here.

You can read the valorisation prize jury report here and the prize announcement here.

Photo: Flowers to celebrate the Valorisation Prize for Finding Your Voice (Sarah Anschütz)

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