Midwest Storytellers Project - Growing Up

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Welcome to the show! The Midwest Storytellers Project, which includes Cincinnati, Ohio; Lansing, Michigan; Louisville, Kentucky; and Indianapolis, Indiana, presents "Growing Up" at 7 p.m. ET on March 18.

Many of us know from experience that growing up doesn’t come without sometimes awkward, sometimes funny and sometimes even heartbreaking moments. For some of us, it happens all at once. For others, it's a series of subtler moments. And it often comes at the unlikeliest of times.

Join the USA TODAY Network for an hour of true, first-person stories celebrating our youth and the rites of passage on the way to adulthood.

Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices, and Louisville Courier journalist Kirby Adams will emcee live!

Christopher Lee Howlett, 27, Louisville, Kentucky
Belinda Stoner, 57, Mount Washington, Ohio
Ella Wooten, 80, of Cincinnati, Ohio
Monisha Mitchell, 48, Zionsville, Indiana
Lee Porter of Lansing, Michigan
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Christopher Lee Howlett, 27, Louisville, Kentucky | Overcoming Obstacles

What do you hope listeners take away from your story?
I hope listeners gain a sense of empathy for children who have spent there childhood in Foster Care.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?
My great-grandmother has inspired me to tell my story because I feel with without her fundamental method of teaching me her interpretation of life, and strength it took for her to live this life, I wouldn’t be the man I am today, along with other contributing factors.

Belinda Stoner, 57, Mount Washington, Ohio | A Tale of Three Mommies

What do you hope listeners take away from your story?
I hope listeners will take away that the "harm" they unintentionally inflicted on their younger siblings or their own children was probably not as harmful as they thought.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?
My daughters inspired me to tell this story. They've proven that even if you're a far-from-perfect parent, you can end up with close-to-perfect kids.

Ella Wooten, 80, of Cincinnati, Ohio | Communities Nurture

What do you hope listeners take away from your story?
I hope others can see how close knit communities can nurture safe and happy children.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?
Parents and grandparents knew each other so well that they had a hand in nurturing all the children of the neighborhood. Everything necessary to keep us safe and happy was within walking distance of each other.

Monisha Mitchell, 48, Zionsville, Indiana | Growing Up, In and Out

What do you hope listeners take away from your story?
I hope listeners walk away a little less lonely and a little more hopeful.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?
My parents and God.

Lee Porter of Lansing, Michigan | The Barbershop, Lessons, Rules and Rituals

What do you hope listeners take away from your story?
I hope listeners get a better understanding of how my neighbor barbershop was a place I was taught life skills, although not always with the best outcomes.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?
My story was inspired by my dad, uncles and hanging out with the old guys at the barbershop.

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