Young Authors Greenhouse
Young Authors Greenhouse needs $15,000 for “Portland After-School Writing Center,” a destination for making writing fun, creating books and magazines that honor students’ words, and inspiring students to think and write with confidence. The center provides a magical space where creativity and imagination are encouraged—and removes the stigma of going to a "tutoring" center. We welcome adult volunteers with a variety of skill-sets; writers, graphic designers, history buffs, math wizards, and people with empathetic hearts. All programs are free to students and schools.
The opening of a center for after-school writing and tutoring will occur in phases:
Phase one: We will conduct a needs assessment of the teachers, students, families, and existing community organizations in the Portland neighborhood. We want to make connections with teachers just as we have done in Olmsted Academy South. We will also explore opportunities to collaborate with existing organizations serving Portland so we create a network of support for families and schools.
Phase two: We will adapt curriculum, prepare a space, recruit students, and begin after-school writing programming using a model developed by an organization called 826 and feedback from our needs assessment. We will transform a space in Portland into a destination for creativity and learning.
Students enlisted after school will spend the first hour working one-on-one with volunteers on their homework; the second hour offers students an opportunity to collaborate on a written project with volunteers and community writers and artists. All projects conclude with a finished product, whether it be a published book or magazine honoring students’ writing or a collaborative performance using students’ words (as we did when Teddy Abrams and Jim James performed student poetry as a song).