Mighty Writers is an education nonprofit that since 2009 has taught K-12 students in Philadelphia to think clearly and write with clarity to achieve success at school, at work and in life.
Every year over
2,000 students participate in Mighty Writers' free afterschool programs
at centers in four diverse Philadelphia neighborhoods, including one
bilingual location for Spanish-speaking students. 90% of Mighty Writers
students are on free or reduced school lunches.
The results speak
for themselves. 80% of young people who have passed through Mighty
Writers' grades 3-12 writing programs have scored proficient at writing
for their grade level. Compare that to recent citywide averages of 32%.
Writers classes teach writing through the current issues in the news
that affect students' lives. One class teaches kids how to spot fake
news. Another has children write comic books telling their immigration
stories. One of Mighty Writers' most popular series, "Girl Power,"
includes one class that uses writing to explore body-shaming and another
that learns how writing can be used as a tool for empowerment from the
example of Malala Yousafzai.
About Mighty WritersMighty
Writers was founded in 2009 with the mission to teach kids to think
clearly and write with clarity. The organization offers free afterschool
academies, writing workshops, teen scholar programs, mentorships and
college prep classes at centers in four diverse Philadelphia
neighborhoods. President Obama's Committee on the Arts and Humanities
named Mighty Writers "one of the 50 top nonprofits" in the nation in
2014 and NBCUniversal named Mighty Writers a 21st Century Solution
Winner in 2016.