At 10 years of age, Young Writers Project can boast of some impressive results:
- Worked with roughly 70,000 youths;
- Trained 2,000 teachers to use digital technology to improve student engagement;
- Published an average of 1,000 youths per year; and,
- Trend analysis of 8th grade writing proficiency showed that during the 4 years of YWP’s highest concentration with this age group – nearly 33 percent of the states’ entire 8th grade population – year-to-year improvement averaged 2-4 percentage points higher than results for the rest of the state.
Now YWP is embarking on a major step to launch personalized workshops that focus on peer-to-peer connections, live interaction with mentors and experts, and with a publishable product at the end. The strategy will bring thousands of youths into a free online community – The YWP Online Center for Digital Expression – to engage and learn together. Here’s where we need your help.
The YWP has been awarded a $150,000 challenge grant to support the build out of this initiative. As founders of the YWP non-profit, the Roundtable through its board, has accepted that challenge as a means of celebrating YWP’s 10th anniversary and the Roundtable’s 30th anniversary in 2017. Our fundraising deadlines are: $75,000 by October 1st and $75,000 by March 31st.
To date we have raised $25,000 toward our first goal of $75,000 and need your help to make this a successful campaign. I and others involved in the fundraising will be contacting you in the near future. Thank you in advance for your generous consideration of this request for support.