Mission: 916 Ink transforms Sacramento area youth into confident writers and published authors, who know the power of story.
Results: We have helped over 3000 youth find their voice by publishing these young authors in over 75 professional publications.
Target demographics: 916 Ink transforms Sacramento area youth into confident writers and published authors, who know the power of story.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Since 2011 we have helped 3000 youth in the Sacramento area
Geographic areas served: Sacramento Region
Programs: 916 ink provided over 175 hours of writing and reading instruction to over 100 youth who were on probation at a continuation high school and/or were incarcerated in sacramento probation's youth detention facility. Each youth's writing was published in an anthology, which was later celebrated at a private and/or public book release party.
916 ink provided over 270 hours of writing and reading instruction to over 180 students in conjunction with visions in education in sacramento, concord, and pleasant hill. Each youth's writing was published in an anthology, which was later celebrated at a private and/or public book release party. In addition, 22 teachers were trained in 916 ink methodologies during a three day professional development writers' retreat in june 2015.
916 ink provided leadership and oversight to the youth engagement action team in the building health communities zone, i. E. South sacramento, along with providing over 400 hours of writing and reading instruction to 195 low-income youth in south sacramento. 30 of those youth collected over 500 signatures for a petition that advocated for more art and literary experiences in their low-income neighborhood.
provided creative writing classes to at-risk youth and literacy education events w/ hands-on activities for at-risk youth and/or the community. These funds supported over 275 young people with engaging literacy and/or literary arts-based activities that fulfill the mission of 916 ink. Approximately 4000 hours of services were completed. Collaborating organizations that 916 ink worked with on these programs were: fosterhope sacramento, walk 4 literacy, rio linda public library, mustard seed school, health professions high school, capitol heights academy, and la familia counseling center.
I have volunteered with 916 Ink for going on three years and am also a proud donor. As a writer myself, I am honored to be part of an organization that has helped thousands of young people find their "voice" and become published authors, an accomplishment that is empowering beyond belief and that opens many doors in terms of their future educational, personal and professional accomplishments. The Friday mornings that I get to spend around the table writing and sharing with these inspired and inspiring authors is the highlight of my week, showing me time and time again the power of a safe, nurturing environment to unleash the talent and creative potential within all of us. I have also been so impressed by the caliber, heart and commitment of the teachers and staff that work so hard to deliver the 916 Ink mission and vision.
I am proud to be a 916Ink volunteer. One of my most cherished parts about this organization is that they offer students creative autonomy over their work, which unleashes some of the most touching and vibrant pieces of written work that I have had the pleasure to read. Students are empowered and given "poetic license" (these are also given out at community events, so be sure to snag yours!) to be creative without boundary, which inspires life-long readers and writers and improving the Sacramento-region literacy rate.
One of my favorite nonprofits in Sacramento! Not only do I volunteer here, but I donate and try to promote it as often as I can. A nonprofit that believes that story-telling and writing is crucial in the lives of children--which it is. Cannot say enough good things about 916 Ink, except to encourage you to pick up one of their books and get lost in the world of good writing!