Why Mighty Writers
Numbers don't lie.
Philadelphia is the poorest big city in the country. Nearly 40-percent of the city’s students are not graduating high school and only 30-percent of eighth grade kids are reading and writing at grade level.
In 2009, we launched Mighty Writers with a five-word elevator pitch: To teach kids to write.
We also had our mission statement at the ready: To teach kids to think clearly and write with clarity so they can achieve success.
This year, we're impacting the lives of some 3,500 kids with our free writing classes and workshops.
That's 500 kids more than last year. And 1,000 more than two years ago.
Writing has power.
Learn to express yourself and the world opens up.
We see it at Mighty Writers every day.
You'd think with so much power, writing would be top of mind at every school district in the country.
But in most school districts, math, science and standardized tests take precedence.
And not always in that order.
Writing sits alone in the back of the bus.
Don't get us wrong. We love math and science.
But what good is being a math or science whiz if you can't clearly communicate your findings?
In the past twelve months, we've brought our programs to city recreation centers and public housing locations.
This coming year, we plan to bring Mighty Writers to more centers.
Our ultimate goal is to make Philadelphia home to the clearest student thinkers and writers in the nation.
How do we plan to do that?
By sticking close to our mission: to teach kids to think and write with clarity.
When kids spend time at Mighty Writers, self-esteem soars, grades improve and their eyes become fixed on the future.
We get kids thinking and writing with clarity through daily after-school writing academies at all our locations, writing classes nights and weekends, teen scholar programs and, yes, Mighty toddler hours.
We listen carefully to what the kids are talking about and plan our programming accordingly.
All our programs are free
to the students we serve.
We don't do any of this alone. Over 400 of the city’s best creative minds (writers, teachers, journalists, etc.) volunteer and help us teach the hard work of writing to kids ages seven to 17 in seven Mighty Writers locations.
We need all of them-- and you-- this year again to be part of the movement to make Philadelphia home to the best student writing in the country.
And, yes, we need your financial support, too, so that we can open more Mighty spaces and reach even more neighborhood kids this year again.
Writing has magical powers and much of that power comes to us in the form of your kindness.
We so appreciate that.
Tim Whitaker, Executive Director