Our Annual Appeal 2017

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We are pleased to announce the launch of our five-week annual appeal to raise funds to support our community programs.

Week 3: This week’s spotlight is on our teen community outreach programs.

We love working with our teens. They’re amazing people who inspire us with their honesty, courage, and willingness to try new things. Over the past three years, our teens have not only thrived in our community programs—building confidence and resiliency that helps them better handle the growing pressures and challenges teens face today—but they’ve also taken initiative and developed new programs that allow them to explore their talents and passions.

Our teens continuously tell us that Project Write Now has given them something they can’t get anywhere else, making them feel more connected, more confident, and more comfortable with who they are.

Teen Internship Program

Our Teen Internship Program , which has expanded to 40 teens this past summer, helps teens cultivate their talents and communication skills, while deepening their sense of connection to others. Students ages 13-18 apply either as a Teaching Assistant, helping out with young students in our summer camps, or as a participant in The Interview Project, where they interview a senior citizen and document their story.

Voices & Verse

In the summer of 2016, three of our teen interns, Eileen, Madelyn, and Vivian, asked if they could host an open mic they named “Voices & Verse.” They distributed flyers, sent emails, and posted on social media, and ran the event on the back lawn of the Red Bank Public Library. It was a huge success, inspiring our monthly V&V at the Count Basie Theatre, which alternates between teens and adults, many of whom have never spoken in public before. Through Project Write Now, these teens were able to work as a team and share their passion for spoken word while building their public speaking skills.

Bridge Ink

When we launched our after-school writing program in 2016, we invited our teen interns to mentor our middle school students. Our interns began leading writing activities and encouraging honesty and vulnerability in the younger students’ writing. And then something even more wonderful happened––as the younger teens began opening up and sharing their stories, they inspired the older teens. Together, they’ve created and launched our online young adult literary magazine, which they named Bridge Ink. Today Bridge Ink @ The Studio has become a creative space where teens of all ages and backgrounds come together, write, connect, and share their love of reading, writing, and art.

Bridge Ink is growing in its readership as we are now receiving submissions from students across the country, including Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Missouri, Indiana, and Washington. Poets & Writers just included Bridge Ink in their list of literary magazines taking submissions.

Without you, we couldn’t do this important work!

Please consider donating to support our community outreach programs that help our teens discover their talents, build confidence, and have meaningful experiences while making a positive impact on our community.

Your donation will fund instructors, the publication of both online & print anthologies, notebooks, and pens.

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You may also mail a check to:
Project Write Now
25 Bridge Ave., Suite 130
Red Bank, NJ 07701

Please contact us with any questions:
(908) 675-0467
info@projectwritenow.org