Help Us Send Journals to Youth in Jail

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We’re raising funds to send creative writing journals to youth in jails across America. Won’t you join us?

Last spring, we created a journal for our students in juvenile hall called Words Within the Walls. The idea for the journal came about when students asked us for paper to write on during their free time. But as any writer know, it can be hard to get started with a blank page. The journal is full of writing prompts, poems by students, and lined pages and offers ways to spark ideas and encourage creative self-expression. Our first print run was a hit and praised by students and educators alike.

Now we’re raising funds to reprint the journal and make it available to youth in lock-up facilities everywhere. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to print 5,000 journals to send them to 35 organizations and juvenile hall schools. Click here to learn more about the journal and to make a pledge.

Illustration based on a photo by Katharine Gin

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Hiring Teaching Artists – Applications Due May 20

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Our annual applications for teaching artists to join our team is now open. We are looking for accomplished writers with at least two years of experience teaching writing to diverse student populations. Writers must be able to commit to our teaching residencies for three years. Applications are due May 20. Learn more here.

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