In a few short months, Mighty Writers will complete its fourth year teaching writing to kids ages seven to 17 at our center in South Philadelphia.
We opened our doors back then with a singular mission: to teach kids to think clearly and write with clarity. We believed then, as we do now, that when you think clearly and express yourself with clarity, you make smart decisions. Make enough smart decisions and success follows.
We also put a really big emphasis on fun.
It seems to have worked. Today, Mighty Writers reaches 1,500 kids a year. We do that through a daily afternoon writing academy and with night and weekend workshops. We run SAT prep courses three times a year. We take kids on college tours and have a robust mentorship program. We recently launched a new media initiative, where we teach kids how to blog, how to use social media responsibly, how to create videos and how to tell a story on the radio.
Mighty Writers is a really busy place.
Over these past four years, each time we've had a growth spurt, you've been there for us.
No one has friends as Mighty as we do.
Now, we're at a very critical juncture in our growth and we need to call on you again. This summer, we're opening a second Mighty Writers site, this one in West Philadelphia.
To support our expansion into West Philadelphia, we need to raise $200,000 by June 1.
It's an aggressive goal, but then our mission is an urgent one. Literacy is in crisis. The high school dropout rate in Philadelphia hovers between forty and fifty percent. The system is broken. It's just not acceptable.
Learning to express oneself through writing boosts grades and motivation. Most impressive, though, is what it does for self-esteem. We see what writing does for kids every day at Mighty Writers. Personalities brighten; attitudes transform.
Any wonder we want to bring that same magic to another neighborhood?
Our new West Philadelphia space is at 39th and Lancaster, where Powelton meets Mantua.
It's perfect. It sits on a big, easy-to-get-to corner. There are lots of nearby city schools, which means lots of Mighty kids. And it's close to Drexel and Penn, assuring us lots of volunteers.
Thanks to our robust and energized volunteer base, we keep expenses at Mighty Writers lean and mean. Still, just as in our South Philadelphia center, we plan to work with a whole lot of kids, offer a lot of programs and have a serious impact in our new West Philadelphia community.
That takes financial support. It's why we need you to make a donation to help us reach our $200,000 goal by June 1.
If you'd like to hear more, or visit us to see what we do, just give me a call or shoot me an email. We love visitors, and so do the kids, especially when the visitors are our Mightiest of friends.
Executive Director, Mighty Writers
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