Mighty Writers

Mighty Writers teaches Philadelphia kids, ages seven to 17, to think and write with clarity. Our free programs help combat the literacy crisis in Philadelphia, where nearly half of high school students drop out and some 50% of working-age adults are functionally illiterate (they can't read bank statements, fill out job applications or easily comprehend news articles). It is our vision that five years from now, Mighty Writers will have created a citywide community of confident young Philadelphians who can express themselves with clarity and achieve success at school, at work and in life.

Mighty Writers
1501 Christian St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
United States
2672390899
http://www.mightywriters.org

Executive Director

Tim Whitaker

Management Team

Tim Whitaker, Maggie Leyman, Rachel Loeper, Rachel Loeper, Tim Whitaker

Board of Directors

Tim Whitaker, Maggie Leyman, Heseung Kim, Eliza Gowen, Therese Obringer, Lyn Groome, Cintra Rodgers, George Miller, Harry Groome, Stephen Cheifetz, David Williams, James Owk, Christina Kukelhaus, David Brown, Rachel Loeper, Franklyn Rodgers, Frederick Kyle, Rachel Loeper, Tim Whitaker

Project Leaders

Maggie Leyman

Mission

Mighty Writers teaches Philadelphia kids, ages seven to 17, to think and write with clarity. Our free programs help combat the literacy crisis in Philadelphia, where nearly half of high school students drop out and some 50% of working-age adults are functionally illiterate (they can't read bank statements, fill out job applications or easily comprehend news articles). It is our vision that five years from now, Mighty Writers will have created a citywide community of confident young Philadelphians who can express themselves with clarity and achieve success at school, at work and in life.

Programs

At our headquarters, in one of South Philadelphia's historic neighborhoods, we offer afterschool writing tutoring, themed writing workshops, one-on-one mentorships, a weekly teen lounge, SAT preparatory courses and college essay writing classes. Recent workshop themes have included "Memoir Writing," "Transform Your Voice," "Writing Comic Scripts," and "You're Hired! - A Job Prep Workshop for Teens." Throughout our programs, students produce finished projects like blogs, anthologies, comic books, scripts and performances.

Statistics on Mighty Writers

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2012: $337,000
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $485,000
  • Other funding sources: Individual donors, corporations, community contributions of labor, gifts
  • Religious Affiliation: None