“Literally one hour after I had cataloged and displayed the book How to Grow up Like Me by The Ballou Story Project in our middle school library, it was seized upon by an 8th grade boy who is a reluctant reader, and to my knowledge, had only checked out one other book while in middle school. He made an instant connection with the honest and powerful stories written inside. This student ran down to show the book to his reading teacher and, according to her, he is absolutely captivated and now can’t wait to come to class to read the stories and hear the voices of these courageous authors. This is a great victory. Thank you for sharing this inspiring collection with our students. This is real. This is life-changing.” --Donna Eisen, Hardy Middle School, Librarian
Thousand books in circulation
including in every public school in DC, in 30+ local nonprofits and charter schools, as well as in libraries, bookstores, and homes across the country, and in 27+ countries around the world.
unexpected Authors Published
including incarcerated youth, at-risk and immigrant teens in Washington, DC, and exploited children in Haiti.
thousand dollars raised
in scholarship money for young people served by our nonprofit partner organizations