We are using WePay to collect donations for our Barrio Writers program in California and Texas.
Barrio Writers was founded by Sarah Rafael García, author of Las Niñas: A Collection of Childhood Memories, in June 2009.
The Barrio Writers program consists of free workshops & additional "Café Hours" (one-on-one tutoring) throughout the academic summer break & monthly cultural arts events & university visits for teens. Through these workshops & events, students will build their skills in reading, grammar, creative writing and freedom of expression through the cultural arts while discovering a path to higher education.
One goal of the program is to publish an anthology collection of written works demonstrating the diverse backgrounds of youth (13-21 years old). All profits from the book will be returned to the Barrio Writers program for future years. The long-term goal is to publish a new edition each year with hopes that more neighborhoods will adopt the program.
The writing workshops are designed to empower the teenage community while establishing a self-sufficient educational program that will represent community pride, perseverance & endless possibilities for following generations. Please visit our website for more info: www.barriowriters.org
In the summer of 2009, 30 students came together to form the first Barrio Writers chapter in Orange County, California, a non-profit reading & writing program that aims to empower teens through creative writing, higher education & cultural arts. In June 2010 we released the first edition of the Barrio Writers book that published 20 participants.
During summer 2010, the program hosted 50 youth, which included Hispanic & Vietnamese students. We also piloted new locations through one-week intensive programs that included youth from the Garden Grove School District and Anaheim.
Most recently, in summer 2011, we established a 2nd chapter in Austin, Texas. The combined chapters served 26 students, which also included youth of African-American ethnicity.
Unfortunately, due to limited resources we have yet to publish the second edition & have found that we need to reinforce the program with more academic credibility and financial sustainability. We plan to release the 2nd & 3rd editions together in the spring of 2012. We are also creating multi-tier, educational workshops to host return participants & offer a mentoring program for community educators. Currently, we have several MFA graduates & students dedicated to teaching workshops as writing advisors along with an exceptional high school teacher Benjamin Vazquez & founder Sarah Rafael Garcia.
Our committed community partners include El Centro Cultural de Mexico and the OC Dream Team in Santa Ana & Space12, the Center of Mexican-American Studies & the Benson Latin American Collection University of Texas Library in Austin. Guest authors have included Gustavo Arellano, Sandra López, Lorna Dee Cervantes & David Bueno-Hill.
To learn more, view our Barrio Writers video!