We could all use a fresh start sometimes. Whether it’s removing an issue, a great career pivot, or simply facing a new day head-on, every new start has a story.

Five Iowa residents will share why they decided to start over at the September 14 Des Moines Storytellers Project event. “A Fresh Beginning: Lessons Learned from Life-Changing Experiences” will be held at 6 pm at the Lauridsen Amphitheater at Water Works Park, 2251 George Flagg Parkway, Des Moines.

Tickets are free, but you must register to reserve your seat.

Registration and details of voluntary contributions to help us cover expenses are available online at DesMoinesRegister.com/Storytellers. Anyone needing assistance can contact [email protected] or call 515-619-6548.

The Register’s Storytellers project is dedicated to the idea that oral storytelling and journalism have the same goals: to serve and reflect a community while fostering empathy. These Iowans were trained by registry reporters Rekha Basu, Stephen Gruber-Miller, Tony Leys, Melody Mercado, Andrea Sahouri and myself.

Meet our cashiers on September 14:

Charles Brewton Jr.

Charles Brewton Jr.

Charles Brewton Jr. is a resident of Des Moines and a positive figure in the community. He is showing on “JustUs,” an upcoming documentary that follows formerly incarcerated Iowians and advocates working to reform the justice system for black Americans. He never took a real vacation.

What do you hope listeners take away from your story?

If they have a loved one who is incarcerated, know that they can change.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?

My inspiration comes from the late rapper Nipsey Hussle who made big changes in his community.

Jodi buchan

Jodi buchan

Jodi Buchan teaches language arts in grade seven at Summit Middle School in Johnston, where she also coaches the girls in cross-country skiing. Her seventh grade students would tell you that she loves storytelling and encourages them to do the same. She enjoys sharing outdoor adventures with her family and friends.

What do you hope listeners take away from your story?

Hope this inspires people to make a fresh start through adventure and self-care.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?

My close friends inspired me to tell my story.

Allen Juneau

Allen Juneau

Originally from Bellevue, Nebraska, Allen Juneau is a pianist, organist and composer based in Des Moines. Here he is a musician for local churches and musical acts. Allen holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and is currently completing a master’s degree at Berklee. Outside of music, Allen is passionate about fitness.

What do you hope listeners take away from your story?

The flourishing power of authenticity.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?

I find the journey to realizing my potential to be unorthodox. An unexpected bodybuilding experience sparked my discovery of the genre and love of music.

Maria reveiz

Maria reveiz

Maria Reveiz is a Des Moines-based mother, yoga teacher, small business owner and non-practicing physician. She enjoys traveling and gardening.

What do you hope listeners take away from your story?

I hope that by hearing my story, others will realize that it is never too late to change, and that as long as we have breath we have a chance to make a fresh start.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?

I have been inspired in my yoga journey throughout my life by the people at Powerlife Yoga. And I am perpetually inspired by the people of Gaza.

Jess Severus

Jess Severus

Jess Severe never lived in Iowa. Born and raised in Webster City and now living in Clive, Jess has worked at Iowa State University since 2007. She received her BA in Psychology from ISU and is currently pursuing a Masters in Higher Education Administration. In the time available to her, Jess enjoys singing, playing board games, and attending and performing in burlesque shows.

What do you hope listeners take away from your story?

I hope listeners will understand how important it is to be careful and trust their instincts, to stand up for yourself (especially in healthcare settings) and to celebrate victories in life – even if it is. just survive through thick and thin.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?

Survive it all, I guess. I feel like people who go through this sort of thing don’t share their stories often enough – whether it’s because they can’t, or they feel like it’s not worth it. worth talking about it openly.

Know before you go

Participants are encouraged to wear a mask and social distancing.

Members of the public can bring food and drink to the park. Beer and wine are acceptable, but alcohol is not allowed. There will be no food or drink available for purchase.

Lawn seating is available on a first come, first served basis. We recommend that you bring chairs or blankets, sunscreen, and bug spray. Bathrooms will be available.

The Des Moines Storytellers project is sponsored by Noah's Ark restaurant.

Become a cashier

The Des Moines Storytellers Project strongly believes that everyone has a story and that everyone CAN tell it. None of the storytellers on our stage are professional. They are your neighbors, friends or co-workers, and they are trained to say so by the journalists at Register.

Want to tell your story at one of our Storytellers Project 2022 events? Read our guidelines and submit a story by clicking “Tell” at DesMoinesRegister.com/Storytellers.

To learn more about the Storytellers project or listen to stories from past events, visit DesMoinesRegister.com/Storytellers.

Kim Norvell covers growth and development for The Registry and is the Content Director for the Des Moines Storytellers Project. Contact her at [email protected] or 515-284-8259. Follow her on Twitter @KimNorvellDMR.