Monday, March 13, 2017

Caring Causes: Mighty Writers

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%.

Mighty 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.

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