Nowhere are kids and teens asked key life questions on a regular basis—questions like what they care most about, who they love, what they’re afraid of, and who they want to be.

When given the chance to answer these questions annually, kids and teens gain self-awareness and tend to make better choices, helping them run the gauntlet of adolescence.



How do we help our children find themselves before they lose themselves? 


As parents, we know that our children live with many big issues that provoke fear and anxiety. We are partnering with The 5000 Days Project, which has been helping children for the last 17 years to understand what they’re feeling and why they’re feeling it.

By giving your children the chance to ask challenging questions of themselves on a regular basis within the privacy of the StoryQ kiosk, and especially at the least self-aware period of their lives, you can give them the gift of fully expressing themselves in a safe setting. By encouraging them to verbalize everything they are feeling you can help your child to not only build their self-knowledge but also increase their emotional intelligence. 

And at the end, you’ll have a priceless time capsule of your child’s life.


Our Evidence Based Approach

The StoryQ methodology has been developed and constantly refined over the past 17 years by a The 5000 Days Project and their team of neuroscientists, psychologists, and philosophers, including Dr. John Medina (author of Brain Rules).

 As clinical studies show, a healthy EQ is key to academic and lifelong skills. 

Watch a short animation on how The 5000 Days Project’s flagship program, The Student Annual Journal, works for participants.

How it Works

The StoryQ kiosk offers a variety of programs including, but not limited to, The Student Annual Video Journal, The Anytime Check In, and Restorative Justice.

The flagship program, The Student Annual Journal, involves in-depth, private interviews with students. At least once a year, participants scan their “ticket” to unlock an automated and completely private video interview. Age-specific interviews take 30-40 minutes to complete, and after the last question, the video footage is safely and securely stored to thecloud.

What Kids Are Saying

Watch 5000 Days Project participants discuss their experience using the StoryQ as a safe, private, and judgement-free space to talk.

What Educators Are Saying

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


Even if you can’t save time in a bottle, The 5000 Days Project captured something just as precious: the little girl giggle-stories, the pre-teen insights, and the adolescent angst and thoughtfulness of my (now) adult daughter. Watching her ups, downs, trials, and joys stream together on video still brings tears to my eyes when I see it. I can only imagine what it will mean to her future children when she chooses to show them.
— Parent


I’m a psychologist and parent of pre-teen and teenage children. At work and home I am acutely aware of the issues young people face in all spheres of their life. In my association with the project (both as a parent, and links with other children involved in the project), I believe the program provides a unique and invaluable opportunity for young people to reflect upon these issues, develop insight, and thus enable them to cope with challenges they face: they are truly richer for the experience.
— Caroline Bailey, MAPS
My son Joshua has been part of the project for the last 5 years... It is nothing short of brilliant in the way the project facilitates emotional resilience and self awareness within the kids. By creating a safe environment that allows kids to truly express how they feel and by combining this with potent questions that stimulate self-inquiry and self-expression, it creates a foundation for kids to get clarity on what can often be a very confusing world…
— A. Houlahan, Parent at Byron Bay Public
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 today’s society, becoming more aware of himself and who he really is. It has built his self confidence, his willingness to take on new challenges, and helped make important decisions giving him positive self direction. 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


Ready to get started with The 5000 Days Project Video Journal at Kowanyama State School?

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This Participation Agreement and Release (the “Agreement”) is entered into between the 5000 Days Project LLC doing business as The 5000 Days Project (the “Company”); Kowanyama State School ("KSS"); the “Parent(s)”; and the “Student” (collectively referred to as the “Parties”). 1. The Video Journal Project KSS in collaboration with the Company have invited the Student to participate in The 5000 Days Project (the “Video Journal Project”). As part of the project, the Student will be provided an opportunity on an annual basis to film his/her thoughts in response to a series of questions prepared by the Company (the “Footage”). The Student will record the Footage once every year until he/she completes Grade Twelve (the “Recording Period”). The Footage will be filmed on a Company computer and held for the Student in confidence by KSS until the Student is nineteen (19) years old. Unless otherwise permitted in this Agreement or required by law, neither the Company nor KSS will provide the Footage to any person except the Student when the Student reaches the age of nineteen (19) years. The only exception to this involves the student making a written request to use the footage for a Grade 12 Project which would be allowed subject to the approval of KSS. 2. Collecting, Using and Accessing Personal Information The Company and KSS will collect, use, store, and disclose the personal information of the Student (the “Personal Information”) in accordance with the Personal Information Protection Act (the “PIPA”). The Student and the Parent hereby consent to the collection, use, storage and disclosure of Personal Information in accordance with this Agreement. The Parties agree that, unless otherwise permitted under this Agreement or required by law, only a designated representative of the Company and a designated representative of KSS are authorized to view the Footage. The Company and KSS will not disclose the Personal Information, or any information contained in the Footage, to any person (including the Parent(s)) unless: a. The health or safety of the Student is at risk; b. The health or safety of others is at risk; c. There is a threat or has been a commission of a criminal act; d. Disclosure is otherwise required by law. 3. Payment The Cost of Participation in the Video Journal Project is covered by KSS. 4. Consent and Revocation The Parent(s) and the Student consent to the Student’s participation in the Video Journal Project, as described above. The Parent and/or the Student may revoke consent to the Student’s continued participation in the Video Diary Project by providing written notice of this decision to KSS and the Company. If the Parent and/or Student revoke consent, that revocation is not retroactive; however, the Student’s participation in the Video Journal Project will end at the time of the revocation. In these circumstances, the Company and KSS will hold any existing Footage and deliver it to the Student when he/she reaches the age of nineteen (19) years. 5. Release and Waiver In exchange for the Student’s ability to participate in the Video Journal Project, the Parents hereby: WAIVE AND RELEASE the Company, its members, officers, directors, and shareholders and KSS for any claims the Parents may have, of any kind or nature, arising out of the Student’s participation in the Video Journal Project or arising out of that handling, maintenance, disclosure, or use of the videos in which the Student appears. The Parents acknowledge that the obligation to maintain the videos in a secure and confidential manner is that of the KSS and not of the Company and is subject to applicable provincial and/or federal law(s). The Parties acknowledge that the authorized reviews of the Footage will be conducted on a random basis and the Company and KSS do not assume the responsibility of reviewing the Footage in its entirety, or at all, for the purpose of identifying existing or potential safety risks. The Parents understand that this Release and Waiver is intended to be as broad and inclusive as is permitted by the laws of the State of New South Wales and that if any portion of it is held to be invalid, they agree that the remaining terms shall continue to be in full legal force and effect. 6. Entire Agreement This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the Parties with respect to the Student’s participation in the Video Journal Project and cancels and supersedes any previous oral or written communications, representations, understandings or agreements between the Parties with respect to the same. 7. Enforcement In the event of an action arising out of this Agreement, the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of such an action shall be a court of appropriate jurisdiction located in Melbourne, Victoria.
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