The Young Writers Project -- Overview
VISION | To build a generation of better writers by engaging as many youths as possible through youngwritersproject.org — a respectful online teen learning community — and its direct programming.
MISSION | YWP’s mission is to build a generation of confident writers who think, develop ideas and express themselves with clarity, civility and power.
NEED | Seventy five percent of the nation's high school graduates cannot write proficiently, yet the ability to write is key to success in business, community affairs and life. • Schools do not spend enough time with writing. • Students learn to dislike writing.
CORE BELIEFS | Students can learn to write well • The Web can be a safe, civil place for youth to take creative risk • The prospect of being published and having peers as audience motivates students to try harder, learn more and write better • Receiving objective, positive feedback online and in person helps young writers gain confidence and grow • Giving feedback improves critical thinking • Students at risk need special attention • Young people want voice. • Youth can and do learn a great deal from each other.
SERVICES | YWP offers:
WHERE PUBLISHED | Students submit work to our Newspaper Series to be considered for outside publication; student judges, with professional guidance, help choose which work gets published
BENEFITS | YWP student participants:
FEEDBACK | YWP teacher participants say YWP helps them teach by providing ideas for students to write to, incentive for the students to write and great writing resources. Students say the project helps them write. For some specific comments, click here.
SOME NUMBERS | Since October 2006, YWP has received more than 30,000 submissions from 320 schools in Vermont and New Hampshire. This Web site averages more than 1,100 visitors a day and 2,500 active registered users who spend an average of 7-8 minutes on the site per visit.
STAFF | The Project's editor is Geoffrey Gevalt, an award-winning writer and editor with 33 years experience in newspapers and magazines. He was, for two years, a juror for the Pulitzer Prize in Beat Reporting. He formerly was managing editor of The Burlington Free Press.
The Project's Publications Coordinator is Susan Reid, a writer and editor.
The Web Coordinator is Doug DeMaio, a longtime YWP mentor and recent graduate of UVM.
The Administrative Coordinator is Sarah Gliech, a writer and recent graduate of McGill University. To contact them:
To reach us by post:
Young Writers Project Inc.
12 North St., #8
Burlington, VT 05401
BOARD | YWP has a strong governing board of directors that includes educational leaders, philanthropists, business leaders, writers and teachers. YWP also has an active advisory board of teachers and students; if you would like to join, contact Geoff Gevalt.
SPONSORS | The Vermont Business Roundtable and its business and higher education members began a two-year grant to the YWP in August, 2006. YWP receives major support from the Bay and Paul Foundations, FairPoint Communications, Windham Foundation, Amy Tarrant Foundation and several anonymous family foundations. It receives support from many other companies, foundations and individuals. For more about other Friends and Partners, click here.