Mighty Writers works with students from all over the city after school and on weekends to help them express themselves through the written word. There are volunteers of all ages. Everyone is enthusiastic and friendly- staff, parents, students and volunteers. It's a wonderful place with great energy and it is expanding!
Everyone hears tales of Philadelphia kids running around in mobs, beating people up and being generally disruptive, but hardly anyone hears about the vast population of kids who divert that energy to positive outlets, like writing. Maybe this is because programs like Mighty Writers need to be held in far, far higher esteem. This place provides kids from ages 7-17 with a creative and useful way to deal with their surroundings, appreciate their lives, and get through school. With dedicated tutors and workshop leaders, it has the resources for kids to sit and read, write papers, and learn more about the written word in all its forms. Poetry, blogging, creative writing, SAT prep-- Mighty Writers strives to cover all types, so that everyone who visits the center finds something that suits them. People are so quick to judge youth and dismiss them, but at MW, they have individual voices and are not shy of (nor shunned from) using them. MW is one of the absolute best places in Philadelphia for young people to not only help others experience their world, but to create a better one. Philly youth are both intelligent and imaginative; MW gives them a way to exhibit that.
Mighty Writers is a great nonprofit in South Philly. I learned about them back when they first opened in 2008 through Idealist.org. I have volunteered and interned for them from 2008 to early 2012. The only reason I stopped volunteering was because my current job and school hours interfere with their programs. (I'll go back to volunteering as soon as my schedule permits.) I mainly volunteered in the after school program, which has transformed over the years into an extremely well planned and executed program. It has evolved and grown each year, always for the better. The staff there is absolutely wonderful and so are the students who attend. I learned a lot from the children and was fortunate enough to have the chance to see them grow as readers, writers, and people. I don't think there is anything better than being able to see the children who attend Mighty Writers grow and improve. The best moment I have ever experienced was at Mighty Writers. During their first year of the after school program, I worked with a seven year old ESL student who was struggling to learn to read. It was a very long and hard process for both of us. One day during the after school program in May, we were taking turns reading "The Night Before Christmas" and on the student's turn, he read an incredibly hard sentence completely on his own. He had some trouble and had to sound some words out, but it was entirely on his own. Without Mighty Writers pushing him to learn to read, and helping him out day in and day out during the school year, I think that day wouldn't have come as soon as it had.
I was a weekly volunteer for the 2011-2012 academic year, and I was so impressed with the dedication of the staff, volunteers, parents and especially the students who make Mighty Writers such a positive educational community. Writing is a daily responsibility there, and the results are truly gratifying. Day by day, year by year, MW kids are improving their communication skills, expanding their knowledge, deepening their empathy, and finding their own powerful voices.
I volunteered at Mighty Writers in their after school program for one school year while I was in graduate school and shortly after. I had a wonderful experience there. The students are great and the programming is spot on. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an opportunity to volunteer with kids.
Mighty Writers is an incredible non-profit that truly helps inspire both it's children and it's volunteers through meaningful and lasting relationships. I run a Spoken Word Poetry workshop there on Sundays and it really seems to add a lot of value, education and fun to all of the kids, as well as adding a lot of meaning and value to my time and weekends. Seeing the kids really respond to the workshops, learn, grow and enjoy themselves is a great feeling. The parents also love the value it adds to the kids weekends and their education and creativity as a whole. All-in-all, a truly impactful, great non-profit that exists to really help families here in Philadelphia.
I came across Mighty Writers a little over a year ago. What I expected to be a short internship turned out to be one of the most rewarding things I would ever be apart of. Mighty Writers is an extraordinary program that has helped shape and mold students into great thinkers and exemplary leaders. I am so proud to be able to volunteer with this non-profit. I thought I would be helping & teaching the students, and they ended up helping me far more than I had them. It's such a beautiful thing to witness a student accomplish something they once doubted, or excel to an even higher degree than imagined. I am very proud of the students that attend Mighty Writers. It has been a very rewarding experience. One that I have and will always cherish.