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Video Journaling Tools to Foster Self Discovery in Kids & Teens – An Authentic Time Capsule of Growing Up That Raises EQ Along The Way


The 5000 Days Project is a global organization dedicated to developing emotional intelligence (EQ). We apply the StoryQ method of deep inquiry combined with video journaling technology to bring a low-cost and easy-to-implement tool into schools and communities allowing all kids to self-reflect and process in a safe environment.


Stories of Impact


What Kids Are Saying

5000 Days Project participants discuss their experience using the StoryQ as a safe space to process their stories.

What Educators Are Saying

Justin Robinson, the Director of The Institute of Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School shares his observations on the value of verbal journaling and how the StoryQ has been benefiting his students since 2017.




The 5000 Days Project implements the StoryQ evidence-based methodology and technology to help participants discover and capture who they are at specific moments along their journey growing up, giving them prompts, privacy, and inspiration to explore their truest self. As they answer key questions over the years, the method reveals their personal transformation—capturing a series of life frames that in themselves tell their story.


The Research:

An Evidence-Based Approach


The 5000 Days Project uses an evidence-based development approach. Our findings on the benefits of private guided video journaling over the past 18 years have been reinforced by outside research from leading professionals in the educational, research, and scientific communities.


OUR Impact


Since 2001, The 5000 Days Project has helped develop emotional intelligence in individuals from around the world. We have deployed StoryQ kiosks to schools and organizations in 12 countries, touching a diverse collection of personal stories.

A 2018 evaluation undertaken by StoryQ on The 5000 Days Project participants shows that the video journaling process is working.

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Founder Rick Stevenson ON:

The Roadmap of Adolescence


Teaching kids to tell their own story necessitates perspective—a 5000-foot view of the mountain road we travel called life.  From the road, we see the beauty of the mountain, the danger of the cliff, and the curve up ahead—and that’s it.  What we think lies around that curve is consciously or unconsciously determined by what has been encountered around previous curves. 

As participants learn how to tell their own personal story, they are required to have a bird’s-eye view—making sense of their past influences as well as helping define where they want and need to go.

This has had a profound impact on our son. It has enabled him to really open up, reflect and think deeply about life, his hopes and dreams, the fears, and pressures that children are faced with as they grow up in todays society, becoming more aware of himself and who he really is.

We are so grateful that our son has had the opportunity to be a part of this incredible project which I feel would benefit every child.
— K. Dean, Parent