A boots-on-the-ground program, started in 2002 that worked with over 1,000 students in schools and classrooms across New York City.
Power Writers has directly served more than:
- +1000 high school students.
- Over 90% have graduated HS
- 85% have gone on to college.
Of this group who entered college 99% have either graduated or are currently on the path to graduation.
In addition, our students have won nearly $3 million in scholarships (including 11 posse scholarships and a Peabody award.) Among the colleges our students have attended are: Brandeis, Sarah Lawrence, Bard, Wheaton, Hampshire, Lafayette, Lehman, Morris, Hunter and graduate schools such as University of Arizona and Princeton.
Create a safe place for the students—a place where everyone feels it is ok to express oneself, to be vulnerable, without fear of ridicule or abuse.
Capture a quiet respectful room where the ethics of hard work, responsibility, and shared insight are honored. Not as easy as one might expect.
Build everyone’s commitment through consistency. This means showing up without fail, following up with sincere interactions and doing what you say you are going to do.
“Read & Feed” forms the core of the Power Writers circle. To be literate in the art of reading and feeding, students not only have to read their original writing but they also become active listeners and engage each other with thoughtful and detailed feedback.