Read & Share Your Stories

We need your help to tell the story of poverty in America and how it’s affecting real people in local communities across the nation. Statistics show the impact of poverty on health, education and job security; however, when we combine statistics with personal stories, we paint the most compelling picture of what it means to face poverty in America.

Ready to tell your story?

Sharing your story helps the Tavis Smiley Foundation understand more about poverty in America. We use this information to educate policymakers, the media, and the public. When you submit your story, you agree that we may use, share, and make public your story, using only your first name, city and state. We will not share or make public your last name, address, phone number, or email address unless we contact you and gain your permission to do so.



Ending Poverty: America’s Silent Spaces wants to share the story of domestic poverty with pictures submitted by you. Do you have a photo that shows you or your community in action? Or maybe some scenic photos of the impact of poverty on your community. Whatever you think will help tell the story of poverty, we welcome. Our team will select photos to be featured in the following week’s slideshow.

Please complete the form below to submit your photo for consideration. (jpeg and gif files no larger than 5MB are accepted)

All photos must follow the Photo Guidelines to be considered.

Format Guidelines 

  • JPEG or TIFF format 
  • At least 1194×738 pixels 
  • No larger than 5 MB (Megabytes) 

Usage Guidelines 

Each submitter grants the Tavis Smiley Foundation a non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, publish, display, and distribute submitters image, in whole or in part. All rights to the original work will be retained by the copyright holder. Captions may be used as submitted or rewritten by the Foundation’s staff.