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Mighty Volunteers

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Shanise Redmon

Hometown: Philadelphia

Profession: Graduate Student

Been a volunteer at MW since: 2013

What I do at MW: Workshop Instructor

Favorite authors: Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin and Amiri Baraka

Last book I read: Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

Book I liked as a kid: As a little kid, anything by Shel Silverstein. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh. As a teen, Native Son by Richard Wright, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka and One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest by Ken Kesey.

Quote I like: “Writing for me is control. Nobody tells me what to do. It’s mine. It’s free. It’s a way of thinking. It’s pure knowledge.” – Toni Morrison

Gosh, speaking of volunteering, check this.

Letter from Shamira O’Neal, Program Director, MW North

December 3, 2015

Dear parents, volunteers, kids, teens & Mighty Writers of every age,

My name is Shamira O’Neal and I’m the Program Director here. Mighty Writers North is located at The Advocate Center, 1801 Diamond St. in Philadelphia.

During the fall of 2015 in our Mighty Writers Academy, we discussed our struggles and how we overcame them. We wrote persuasive essays and talked about the idea of the American Dream.

Between the World & Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates was the roadmap for our first semester of Teen Scholars. Coates’ ideals and stream of consciousness writing led to deep conversation and set the foundation for our writing.

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Our most popular evening workshop was “Who Runs The World? Girls.” This group has supported Michelle Obama’s “Let Girls Learn” campaign and investigated what confidence looks, sounds and feels like. After two months of conversation and writing, we’re all experts in #blackgirlmagic. Stay tuned for more Monday night workshops with girl power themes!

Other popular workshops this fall included “Cursive Writing Through the Ages,” “…deep like the rivers,” and “Oh, The Places We’ll Go!” You can find links to all of our current programs here.

I’m generally in the office Monday to Thursday 12-8pm and Friday 2-6pm. Stop by and introduce yourself!

I look forward to meeting you.

Shamira O’Neal
Program Director, Mighty Writers North
O: 215.978.8000 ext. 309
C: 561.635.8383

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Where Writing Is Mighty

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Christian Precise (photo above) is a junior at Masterman High School in Philadelphia and a longtime student at Mighty Writers. The following story recently appeared in her school newspaper.

Walls adorned with blown-up images of comic book superheroes, shelves stuffed with novels from writers of all walks of life and rooms bursting at the seams with the energy of children eager to learn how to write: this is Mighty Writers– a free Philadelphia writing program that teaches kids to think clearly and write with clarity.

Executive Director Tim Whitaker had big plans to tackle the illiteracy issue in Philadelphia when he opened a first location in 2009. Mighty Writers has grown rapidly from its roots six years ago and continues to expand. Today the program boasts 2500 students and over 300 volunteers.

The story continues >>>


Jerry Spinelli Visits Mighty Writers

Serenity, a Mighty Writer, reads her letter to legendary YA author Jerry Spinelli… and he responds! Mr. Spinelli was also kind enough to sign all the kids’ new copies of “Hokey Pokey,” generously donated by First Book. (Video by Nick Centore)