November 14, 2012
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.
Would you volunteer for this group again?
For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?
Did the organization use your time wisely?
Would you recommend this group to a friend?
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?