“Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can.
You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”
ABOUT THE YOUTH WRITING PROGRAM
In 2020, amidst one of the greatest pandemics in history, the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library birthed its youth writing center.
Our mission is to a offer space, at this time a virtual one, where writing mentors can engage with Indianapolis youth through the written word so that they can be inspired, empowered, and heard.
OUR MISSION WAS FOUNDED ON A FEW BELIEFS:
KVML High School Writing Prompt presented by Lasana Kazembe, Assistant Professor of Education at IUPUI.
Our writing center is affiliated with the International Alliance of Youth Writing Centers, which comes with the guidance of renowned author Dave Eggers. We have partnered with Butler Writers and Shortridge High School (Kurt Vonnegut’s alma mater) for the 2020-2021 school year and are looking to create more partnerships with public schools and community organizations.
Once fully operational, and when we are able to safely open our doors, we plan to offer the following services:
- Writing workshops
- After school youth writing lab
- Summer and after school tutoring
- SAT and college essay prep classes
- Class field trips to the museum for unique writing projects
Here’s How You Can Get Involved:
Volunteer to be a Mentor
While many writing centers are unable to train new volunteers because of the pandemic, we still want to know about you. To do this, we’ll be having periodic volunteer training sessions on Zoom which opens you up to any opportunities for in-person training. Email us at [email protected] for more information.
Bring KVML to Your Classroom
We’d love to collaborate with you. We may be able to visit your school in person or virtually. These visits can be tailored to meet your needs. Contact us at [email protected].
Pair Your Central Indiana Students with Writing Mentors
Do you have a student in your life who is seeking a writing mentor? Email us at [email protected] to put a student’s name on a list to be paired with a trusted and caring adult writing mentor.