River Of Words

Rating: 5 stars   21 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Environment, Water

Location: 933 Parker Street Studio #38 Berkeley CA 94710 USA

Mission:

River of Words (ROW) is aninterdisciplinary environmental poetry and art program that promotes literacy,the arts and environmental stewardship. River of Words is designed tonurture respect for and understanding of the natural world, to promote literacyin all its forms, and to build community partnerships. The organization aims tofoster place-based, local, interdisciplinary, hands-on education by promotinglocal knowledge of watersheds and the cultures they create; cultivating a senseof connection to place; encouraging action and imagination in young people; helpingthem acquire skills and practice in creating art and poetry; acknowledgingtheir creativity and concerns; and helping them to give back to their local,national and international communities through dissemination of their poetryand art. 


Results: In 15 years, we have trained thousands of educators in ways to incorporate nature exploration and the arts into their work with young people. We have nurtured tens of thousands of young people in kindergarten through 12th grade with curricula, publications, events, exhibitions, etc., helping them to become keen observers of the world around them, and giving them tools for creative expression of their observations. In 2004, River of Words was honored as one of the 100 most effective organizations in the country with an Innovations in Government Award from the Kennedy School at Harvard University.
Target demographics: We seek to serve the world’s children and their teachers, particularly those with few resources.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 300 teachers trained by River of Words national headquarters staff, another 300-600 trained by our 30 state coordinators. 20,000+ student participants in our free annual poetry and art contest. 200-600 students participating in classroom workshops.
Geographic areas served: International
Programs: Each year, in affiliation with The Library of Congress Center for the Book, River of Words conducts a free international poetry and art contest for youth on the theme of WATERSHEDS. The contest is designed to help youth explore the natural and cultural history of the place they live, and to express, through poetry and art, what they discover.
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

In researching watershed environments as preparation for their paintings & drawings, my students developed an awareness of how we need to care for these places. The students demonstrated genuine engagement in their new appreciation of the valuable resources these environments provide.

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I learned more about my personal responsibility in protecting and maintaining our watershed environments.

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I've enjoyed sharing my students' passion for communicating their appreciation of our watershed environments.

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One time

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2009-1-01

 
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River of Words helps me inspire my children -- after I am inspired. Guidance and poems are thought provoking. After family discussions about the environment, and then poetry, and how the two are combined, my children work on thoughtful poems.

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After reading submissions and accomplishments, I share with my children. The conversations and then work we do together is valuableto their development. Once, I printed a winning poem and took it with my family to a Poetry Slam, where it was well received

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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My son was a student at the Greenwood school from 2000-2004. The River of Words philosophy and programs really inspired my son. He is now a junior at Hampshire college creating his own major focusing on how to create meaningful art that can help educate the general public about environmental and social justice issues. He is intending to create an after school ROW program this year through his college( in Amherst, MA) for local younger students

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see above

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get the word out more!

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inspiration

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wonderful!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help save the planet!

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more children would receive awards

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005-1-01

 
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