Shootback empowers young people to tell their own stories and express their creative voices through photography, writing, and critical thinking about the world around them. Shootback started in Nairobi, Kenya in 1997 by putting cameras in the hands of teens from Mathare, one of Africa's largest slums, and culminated in the publication of Shootback: Photos by Kids from the Nairobi Slums, a documentary film, and an international traveling exhibition. Seventeen years on, Shootback continues to train a new generation of young photographers and now runs after-school programming in DC public schools in collaboration with City Year DC. 

Shout Mouse Press is thrilled to partner with the ShootBack team, who coach our authors to produce striking original photography for our books.

Reach Incorporated

Reach Incorporated develops confident, grade-level readers and capable leaders by training teens to teach younger students, creating academic benefit for all involved. By trusting teens with real responsibility for real outcomes, Reach’s unique programs build foundational skills in an engaging and empowering way.

Learn about Reach Incorporated's Shout Mouse books

Restavek Freedom

Restavek Freedom Foundation is working to end child slavery in Haiti in our lifetime. Working on behalf of the 300,000 children enslaved in Haiti, RFF advocates for children by providing educational opportunities for children in restavek; influences communities to help change cultural norms regarding restavek; and mobilizes community leaders to stand up for freedom.

Learn about Restavek Freedom's Shout Mouse books

Beacon House

Beacon House is a non-profit, community based organization that provides tutoring, mentoring, cultural, athletic, recreational and nutritional programs to at-risk children, ages 5-18, who reside in and around the Edgewood Terrace community in Ward 5 of Washington, D.C. Beacon House’s goal is to lift as many children as possible up and out of their often difficult circumstances.

Learn about Beacon House's Shout Mouse book

Friends of Ballou

Friends of Ballou is a non-profit, volunteer-led organization that raises funds to support scholarships and related college-preparatory programming for Ballou High School students who are pursuing higher education. Ballou High School is a DC public school with a proud history located in the Congress Heights neighborhood in Southeast DC. Ballou is a Title 1 school where 99% of the student body receives free or reduced lunch. More than 10 percent of graduating seniors are selected for the Achievers Scholarship from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Ballou students also benefit from more than 50 partnerships with national and community organizations like Shout Mouse Press.     

Learn about Ballou's Shout Mouse books


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 about Free Minds' Shout Mouse book

Writers in Schools

Administered by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, Writers in Schools is a literary arts program dedicated to developing the next generation of readers. Since 1989, Writers in Schools has been bringing authors into public and public charter high schools to meet with students. PEN/Faulkner provides free copies of authors’ books to students and free curricular materials to instructors. By providing resources to students and instructors and by meeting students where they already are—their own classrooms—Writers in Schools aims to create a lifelong love of literature among today’s young readers.

We are thrilled that our authors from Ballou Senior High School and Free Minds are part of the Writers in Schools program, where they are invited as visiting authors into classrooms across the city to discuss their work.

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young playwrights' theater

Young Playwrights’ Theater inspires young people to realize the power of their own voices.  By teaching students to express themselves through the art of playwriting, YPT develops students’ language skills, and empowers them with the creativity, confidence and critical thinking skills they need to succeed in school and beyond. YPT honors its students by involving them in a high-quality artistic process where they feel simultaneously respected and challenged and by engaging professional theater artists in producing student plays for the community.

We are thrilled to partner with YPT to provide a new dynamic platform for our authors' stories to reach new audiences in new ways.  

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latin american youth center

The Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) is a DC-based nonprofit organization that offers a variety of programming to low-income youth of all backgrounds. Their mission is to empower a diverse population of youth to achieve a successful transition to adulthood, through multi-cultural, comprehensive, and innovative programs that address youths’ social, academic, and career needs.

Since their founding in the late 1960s, LAYC has grown from a small grassroots recreation center to a nationally recognized agency serving all low-income youth. Each year, LAYC serves over 4,000 youth and families through youth centers, school-based sites, and public charter schools in the District of Columbia and Maryland’s Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties.

Learn about LAYC's Shout Mouse book

Next Wave Muslim Initiative

Next Wave Muslim Initiative (NWMI) is a non-profit organization founded in 2009 and dedicated to serving and educating the American Muslim community of the Washington metropolitan area, by promoting Islamic principles (such as self-development, community service, and social justice), through relevant programming and projects.

Learn more about our partnership with NWMI.