Since 2009, Mighty Writers has been reaching kids in Philadelphia through the power of writing. The goal of our nonprofit: To teach kids to think and write with clarity. Through free programming—including early childhood
programs, afterschool academies, college preparatory classes, weekend and evening
workshops, mentorships, and camps—we reach 3,000 kids a year in seven locations
throughout Philadelphia and Camden, New Jersey.
We believe writing should be fun as well as creative and responsive to the worlds
our children inhabit. Their interests inspire our practices and the programs we
create. Their cultures, their individual needs, and the marginalizations they face in
today’s political climate shape our work with them.
Teaching writing is important to us, and with 80 percent of our students attaining
writing proficiency, we think we do this well. Still, we hope to do more to build
community, develop the confidence of our youth, and help them succeed in and
outside of the classroom. We hope and strive to give our children the strength to
face difficulties and to reach their dreams, as you’ll see from their stories shared
below. To learn more about our program, visit mightywriters.org.
BY DANAE FLETCHER, AGE 15
Quitting is extremely easy. What’s challenging is finding your inner strength and
prospering through the rough times. I have come across so many challenges in my career
as a gymnast. This past year, I wanted to quit. I would throw myself around, get injured
on purpose, and fake stomach viruses and colds. I was getting tired of faking, so I started
writing my feelings in a journal instead, including the goals I wanted to achieve. This true
self-reflection helped me realize that my mind was what was standing in the way, and
that I am capable of anything! Now I’m thriving in gymnastics—and in life.
MY HOPES, MY GOAL
BY MONYRIA HARVEY, AGE 12
I’ve always had big dreams. I really wanted to play basketball when I was in fourth grade,
but I wasn’t sure it would happen. I needed a physical and other paperwork, but my mom
worked a lot and I barely had the chance to see her to get the papers. I was so unhappy.
Then, when I was in fifth grade, my mom changed her schedule and I was able to see
her more. I signed up for basketball tryouts the first week of school. The next day, I went
to the doctor and got a physical, and my mom and I went shopping for red, blue, and
black basketball shorts.
In my first game, we won 46-44! I was so amazed! Then I cried because I thought I was
never going to get to play basketball. But now, I will be a basketball star!