December 30, 2014 by westsidewriter

The Gift of Literacy

If you’re like westsidewriter, your inbox is stuffed with requests from worthy organizations asking  for end-of-year donations.

If you’d like to support two local groups that promote literacy, please consider the following:

Writopia Lab
(from the group’s website):
Writopia Lab is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in New York City in April of 2007. We run creative writing workshops for kids ages 6 to 18….Writopia currently serves over 2,000 young writers a year—from across the socioeconomic and geographic spectrums—often working together in the same workshops.
ON-SITE: 50% of our students attend on-site on either partial or full scholarships. Writopia has granted over $500,000 in scholarships over the last five years.
Our student body has nearly doubled every year.
OFF-SITE: We are committed to maintaining long-term relationships with the hundreds of young people we will serve in 2013 at NYPL branches, at Bryant Park, in treatment centers, and at under-served high schools. We transport those who wish to continue at Writopia to our weekly workshops, and will be producing four of these teens’ plays this May off-Broadway.

Click here to make a donation to Writopia Lab. For general information about the organization, click here.

JCC Manhattan
(from the organization’s website):
The Partners for Literacy and Math Programs pair community volunteers with K-12th grade students who are performing significantly below grade level in their public schools. Programs are available during school hours, after school, and in the evening…..early intervention after school programs match 2nd graders one-to-one with volunteers who follow specific lesson plans and receive supervision and support from the JCC’s onsite reading and math specialists. Most of the students chosen for the program are English Language Learners whose families speak another language at home and need additional individual support to acquire the basic skills necessary to succeed in school.

Click here to make a donation to JCC Manhattan. Look for the option that allows you to specify which programming your donation supports. For general information on the literacy and math programs–including a link for information about volunteering, click here.

And, if you know of any other local groups that should be highlighted, please leave a comment.





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