Turn 250 Philadelphia kids into comic book writers

$780 $16,720
Raised Remaining


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.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

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.

How will this project solve this problem?

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.

Potential 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.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $780

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $780 .  The original project funding goal was $17,500.

Additional Documentation

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


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Mighty Writers

Philadelphia, PA, United States

Project Leader

Maggie Leyman

Development Director
Philadelphia, PA United States

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