WritersCorps program manager Melissa Hung and student Nicole Zatarain Rivera receive an award from First Lady Michelle Obama.
WritersCorps, a project of the San Francisco Arts Commission and the San Francisco Public Library, was recognized with a prestigious national award by First Lady Michelle Obama at a White House ceremony on Wednesday, October 20.
The award honors WritersCorps for its effectiveness in developing creativity and fostering academic success by engaging young people in the arts and humanities. In addition to the national recognition bestowed by the prestigious award, WritersCorps will also receive $10,000 to support its programming.
Nicole Zatarain Rivera, a 17-year-old participant in the program, accepted the award on behalf of WritersCorps, accompanied by WritersCorps program manager Melissa Hung. Nicole is a senior at International Studies Academy and has been involved in WritersCorps for three years.
Chosen from a pool of more than 400 nominations and 50 finalists, WritersCorps was one of 15 after-school and out-of-school programs across the country to receive the 2010 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award (formerly, the Coming Up Taller Award), the highest honor such programs can receive in the United States. The awards are administered by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities
Watch the awards ceremony and the First Lady’s speech here at this link. (WritersCorps is on at the 20:22 mark)
See a news story on the award below.