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Via 6,000 one-on-one interviews, 300,000 video clips, and over 17 years of working with educators and children across 12 countries, our evidence-based 5000 Days Project has supported students from a wide range of schools from government, independent, primary, selective, faith-based, single-sex, and co-ed through to city-based and remote.




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


For Students

  • Increase levels of Emotional Intelligence

  • Increase verbalizing skills, i.e. the ability to self-reflect, and verbalize their emotions

  • Provide a safe, private, judgement-free space for students to talk

  • Learn how to tell the most difficult story they will ever need to tell—their own

  • Provide HD footage of themselves (a mini-movie of their lives) which they can access at age 18


For Educators

  • Support & reinforce the importance of wellbeing for Educators themselves (in order to more effectively understand wellbeing for their students).

  • Provide visual, recorded footage for Educators to reflect on set goals, previous challenges, etc.

  • Support & extend the in-house school counsellor resources by making use of AI keyword and transcription functionality, providing an added measure of protection for at-risk students.

Justin Robinson of GGS in Australia shares his observations on the values of verbal journaling and how the StoryQ is benefiting his students.


How It Works


We offer a variety of programs all based on our StoryQ method of inquiry.

Our flagship program, The Student Annual Journal, involves in-depth, private interviews with students. At least once a year, participants scan a “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 our cloud.

The StoryQ is self-sufficient and is designed to be very simple turnkey solution for all involved.

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

For Educators→

The 5000 Days Project acknowledges that teachers are on the front line of helping their kids become more self-aware. The Video Journal can be a tool to help educators in that endeavor because:

  • Our approach acknowledges just how thinly spread all staff members—teachers, school counsellors, principals alike—are in managing all of the challenges.

  • The kiosk manages the process in a hands-off and efficient manner.

  • Participation takes virtually no time from educators other than helping to introduce the opportunity to their kids and allowing them the 30-40 minutes necessary each year to create their Video Journal entries.

Download Summary for Educators HERE→

For Administrative Assistants→

Depending upon how the educational establishment is set up, the Administrative Assistants in the project primarily do the following:

  • Send out letters and emails offering the opportunity to parents and students.

  • Identify the room in the library or other locations where the interview sessions can take place, and manage a schedule accordingly.

  • Coordinate with IT on equipment setup.

For IT Teams→

The child can do the work of answering the difficult questions but if the voice and picture are not captured in an adequate way then it’s all for naught. The IT Team is generally responsible for the following tasks:

  • Ensure the kiosk is powered on and connected to stable Wi-Fi.

  • Coordinate with 5000 Days Project IT staff to confirm successful offloading to our private cloud servers.

Legal/ Risk Management→

Legal / Risk Assessment teams must review two areas:

  1. Agreements – There are two agreements that must be executed:

    • Between The 5000 Days Project and your organization

    • Between The 5000 Days Project and the students/parents

  2. Privacy – Should you elect to store Video Journal entries on the school’s server, an acceptable level of privacy must be guaranteed to the student until such files are given back to the student upon graduation. In this event, maintaining privacy is your organization’s responsibility once data is transferred from the 5000 Days Project cloud.


Available StoryQ Programs

Student Wellbeing Builder ApplicationBenefitRelevant Years
ANNUAL VIDEO JOURNAL (Our flagship program running since 2001)Creating a priceless time capsule of personal transformation through the deep reflective and verbalising process, developing self-awareness and EQKindergarten – Grade 12
ANYTIME CHECK INHelping kids to put feelings into words, and work through whatever struggle they are immediately facingGrade 3 – 12
RESTORATIVE JUSTICEPreparing students for conflict mediation and resolutionGrade 3 – 10
TALK TO TEXT WRITING PROGRAMHelping children discover what they need to write about and then enabling them to produce a first draft verbally by transcribing their responsesGrade 3 – 12
Teacher Wellbeing Builder ApplicationBenefitRelevant to
TEACHER WELLBEING VIDEO JOURNALAn opportunity for educators to privately process their own feelings and experiences in the workplaceAll staff- teachers, support staff


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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.

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The 5000 Days Days Project utilizes the StoryQ Method and technology to create a judgment-free space and an engaging process of inquiry that fosters self-discovery in kids and youth.

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Schools We Work With