Turn 250 Philadelphia kids into comic book writers

by Mighty Writers


Through our programs at MIGHTYVISION--a graphic novel and comic book workshop/gallery space on Philadelphia’s South Street--we are fighting illiteracy by turning 250 local kids into comic writers and artists this year.

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Philadelphia's high school dropout rate hovers at 50 percent and 550,000 working-age city residents (52 percent) are functionally illiterate; they lack the literacy skills to follow simple written instructions, complete job applications or properly read bank statements and news articles. MIGHTYVISION is a direct response to our city's literacy crisis and to two common misperceptions of Philadelphia kids: (1) they don’t want to read or write; (2) they head to South Street looking for trouble.


Mighty Writers improves literacy in Philadelphia by offering free, volunteer-run programs for city kids. At MIGHTYVISION, we connect kids with professional comic writers to write, design, illustrate and exhibit their own characters and stories.

Long-Term Impact

Our MIGHTYVISION project improves literacy in Philadelphia by teaching 250 kids to write and create their own graphic novels and comic books. It showcases local kids' creativity and highlight the positive contributions they bring to our city.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Mighty Writers' Website
Philadelphia Inquirer on Comics, MIGHTYVISION
Huff Post Article on Mighty Writers, MIGHTYVISION

Organization Information

Mighty Writers

Location: Philadelphia, PA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.mightywriters.org
Mighty Writers
Maggie Leyman
Project Leader:
Maggie Leyman
Development Director
Philadelphia, PA United States

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