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New York 10024
Target demographics: Kids 8 to 18. We are currently in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Westchester, and Washington, DC, but we are willing and able to open branches in communities that seek us out.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,200
Geographic areas served: New York City, Westchester County, Brooklyn, Washington, DC, Los Angeles
Programs: Creative writing workshops for kids ages 8 to 18. Private sessions focused on expository writing, college and high school admissions.
1.Provide young people with the creative inspiration and intellectual environment that may not be available to them at school.
2.To help each student become comfortable with expressing himself on paper and to ultimately cultivate (or maintain) a love of writing in each of them.
3.Create and sustain a diverse community of young writers who find commonalities in a shared passion for ideas and expression.
4.Offer discounted or waived fees to at least 40% of workshop participants.
5.Provide an open, safe, and nurturing space for young people who are highly engaged in creative and intellectual endeavors.
6.Provide an open, safe, and nurturing space for young people who struggle with verbal and written expression.
7.Identify ways that creative youth who struggle academically can use their gifts to further their academic success.
* 2008, 2009, and 2010 Scholastic National Gold Medals;
* 2009 and 2010 Best Play awards from Stephen Sondheim’s Young Playwrights;
* 2010 Creativity and Citizenship Award and Scholarship from the National Constitution Center; and
* 2009 and 2010 Random House Scholarship for high school seniors.
Our teens have been published each year in Scholastic’s anthology of Best Teen Writing, while our younger writers have been published in Scholastic’s anthology of Best Middle School Writing and in Stone Soup, Teen Ink, and many others.