We made some major accomplishments in 2017. Help us meet our fundraising goal so we can start 2018 with a bang!
Beacon House authors were interviewed by WUSA 9 reporter Evan Koslof about their new book, "The Day Tajon Got Shot"!
The Reach Books by Teens 2016 series is underway! Learn more.
Humans of Ballou has been launched into the world! Check it out and learn more.
Books by authors from Ballou HS and Reach Incorporated are Finalists! Learn more.
SMP Authors shared their books with educators from all over the world. Learn more.
The next series of Reach Incorporated's teen-authored children's books coming SOON! Learn more.
The second series of teen-authored children's books by the tutors of Reach Incorporated are here! Learn more.
Authors celebrate in Port-au-Prince with advanced copies of their books raising awareness about child slavery. Books on sale now! Learn more
Listen to a great piece about the Restavek Freedom Writer childrens' books on an NPR affiliate. Hear these girls speak (and sing!) their dreams for an end to child slavery. Listen here.
The Beacon House authors of Trinitoga, a novel-in-stories about a fictionalized rough neighborhood in DC, celebrate their books at the DC Author Festival. Learn more.
Ballou High School published a powerful collection of memoirs, How to Grow Up Like Me. Read more.
Shout Mouse Press is a writing program and publishing house with a mission: to amplify unheard voices.
Everyone has a story to tell and the ability to tell it. Our job is to amplify those voices, and to share them with you. Through writing workshops designed for all levels of literacy, Shout Mouse empowers writers from marginalized backgrounds to tell their own stories in their own voices and, as published authors, to act as agents of change. Learn more.
The teen tutors of Reach Incorporated noticed that few children's books reflected their reality. They decided to do something about that: they wrote their own. Now these teens have written eight original books, and are diversifying children's literature, one smart-fun-real-brave-bold story at a time. Learn more.
Beacon House is a community-based organization in the Edgewood Terrace community in NE Washington, DC. Their mission is to lift as many children as possible up and out of their often difficult circumstances. The Shout Mouse collaboration with Beacon House gives these young people a chance to write novels-in-stories that not only capture and process the challenges of their lives, but also to imagine for themselves and for their characters the futures they deserve. Learn more.
Free Minds uses books, creative writing, and peer support to awaken DC youth incarcerated as adults to their own potential. Through creative expression, job readiness training, and violence prevention outreach, these young poets achieve their education and career goals, and become powerful voices for change in the community. Learn more.
The young women of Restavek Freedom Foundation are writing books with a mission: to end child slavery in Haiti. They have created two beautiful and powerful children's books raising awareness of this issue, inspired by their own pain and determination to overcome. Learn more.
During the summer of 2017, Shout Mouse Press held a month-long workshop with LAYC's Latino Youth Leadership Council (LYLC), a passionate group of young people dedicated to social justice in their community. The workshop, led by a team of teaching artists with experience devising and illustrating comic books, resulted in a graphic memoir collection by Latinx youth that inspires, motivates, and educates its readers, and that changes the narrative about America's immigrants. Learn More
Listen to the NPR story about our book project to end child slavery in Haiti.