ShootBack

shootbackproject.org

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

reachincorporated.org

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

restavekfreedom.org

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

beaconhousedc.org

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  

balloudc.org

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 BOOK CLUB & WRITING WORKSHOP

freemindsbookclub.org

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

wins.penfaulkner.org

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.