Counter-clockwise from right hand corner: Khalia Robinson (West Philly), Madeline Karp (El Futuro), Tanesha Ford (South Philly) and Shamira O’Neal (North Philly). #Mighty
Thank you to our friends at Al Dia for such a swell video.
Danielle Burrows and Nadirah Nichols began their mentorship in fall 2011 when Nadirah was an eleven-year old sixth grader. Today, Nadirah’s 14 and finishing eighth grade at the Truebright Science Academy Charter School. We caught up with Danielle recently to find out how it’s going and how she likes being a mentor.
What kind of kid is Nadirah? What kinds of things does she like?
I wasn’t surprised to discover that Nadirah’s the youngest in her family because you sense right away that she’s spent a lot of time absorbing adult banter. She’s quick-witted and precocious, but not in a way that robs her of her youthfulness. I’m blown away by her ability to churn out writing that is paced and executed in a style not far removed from young adult literature. She was one of the first kids through the door at Mighty Writers. She is an avid reader and especially loves young adult author Sharon Draper.
“No matter who you are, as long as you just be yourself and really share what you really think, you will make friends.”
——Serenity Baruzzini on Mighty Writers
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Lauren Elizabeth Holguin
Hometown: Hacienda Heights, California
Profession: Aspiring fiction author and college professor, production assistant, childcare provider and restaurant server
Volunteer since: May 2015
What I do at MW: A volunteer and Mighty mentor who has been participating in the beautification of the El Futuro site in the 9th Street Market and leading workshops in storyboarding, science fiction and group storytelling.
Favorite Author: Kurt Vonnegut and Haruki Murakami
Last book I read: “Burning Down George Orwell’s House,” by Andrew Ervin
Book I liked as a kid: “The Hobbit,” by J.R.R Tolkien and “Coraline,” by Neil Gaiman
Quote I like: “It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.” —Gabriel Garcia Marquez