The vision of the Young Writers Project (YWP) is “To operate a safe, respectful online community where young writers share ideas, comment on each other’s work, learn from mentors and professionals, and connect with the world.”
Its mission is “To engage students to write, help them improve, and publish their best work.” The YWP helps students develop and hone writing skills; connect with peers; succeed; develop creative and critical thinking skills; learn writing through emerging digital technologies; and, learn how their ideas and experiences relate to the world around them.
The YWP is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit founded by Geoffrey Gevalt, an award-winning editor and writer. Its’ Board of Directors consists of teachers, academic leaders, business leaders, Web experts and philanthropists. The Vermont Business Roundtable was the lead sponsor for 2006-2008.
In its first 14 months, YWP received more than 5,100 submissions from students in 200 schools; has reached nearly 10,000 students and has 2,100 registered users on its Web site. Teachers say YWP helps them teach and students say YWP helps them to write.
To learn more about YWP visit www.youngwritersproject.org.