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 Book Club & Writing Workshop

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

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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. 



Biblioboard creates community engagement tools for people to create, share and discover content all within local libraries. They make SMP content available online through “Popup Picks,” a community reading platform available through public libraries across the country. The collection is curated by Publishers Weekly.


Catalogue for Philanthropy

The Catalogue for Philanthrophy has included SMP in its locally-focused guide to giving and volunteering, a known stamp of credibility that may also lead to more financial support for the organization.


The Children’s Book Council

The Children's Book Council is the non-profit trade association of children’s book publishers in North America, dedicated to supporting the industry and promoting children’s books and reading. As members, we benefit from access to educational programming and professional development, as well as marketing and promotional support.


The Children’s Book Guild

The Children’s Book Guild supports and promotes our projects as a member organization and connects us to prominent authors and individuals in the publishing industry.


The DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

The DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative, together with its members, advocates and advances equitable access to high-quality learning experiences in the arts and humanities for all students and teachers in DC public and public charter schools. They support and promote our work as a member organization and connects us to mission-aligned resources and organizations in the District. 


DC Public Schools Libraries

DC Public Schools Libraries carry every Shout Mouse book in every public school library; authors are invited annually to speak at educator professional development sessions to activate use of books within classrooms and clubs.


DC Public Libraries

DC Public Libraries likewise carry Shout Mouse books in all branches; authors are invited annually to the DC Public Library Author Festival to share their work with the community.


Inner City Inner Child

The mission of Inner City-Inner Child is to improve the quality of early childhood education for children ages 0 to 5 living in Washington, DC’s most economically disadvantaged communities. They use our books in their early childhood education programming across the city and develops curriculum targeted towards the city’s youngest readers.


The Potter’s House

The Potter’s House carries and promotes The Untold Story of the Real Me in their nonprofit café and bookstore in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of NW, DC.


Turning the Page

Turning the Page links public schools, families and our community so that, together, we can ensure students receive valuable educational resources and a high-quality public education. Turning the Page is confident that with hard work and continued cooperation, we as a community can improve the education of public school students by engaging their parents and families as active and effective participants in their children’s education. Through resource-rich programming, trust in our relationships and those we support, and a dedicated, detail-oriented staff, we look forward to building on our continued successes in the communities we serve.

Turning the Page  community workshops convene both students and parents at local public middle schools to read and discuss our books and then share a meal together.


Teaching for change

Teaching for Change provides teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write and change the world. By drawing direct connections to real world issues, Teaching for Change encourages teachers and students to question and re-think the world inside and outside their classrooms, build a more equitable, multicultural society, and become active global citizens. Teaching For Change promotes select Shout Mouse Press titles in their catalog directed at educators across the country focused on multiculturalism and social justice.


Unidos US

Since 1968, UnidosUS—formerly known as NCLR—has remained a trusted, nonpartisan voice for Latinos.They serve the Hispanic community through our research, policy analysis, and state and national advocacy efforts, as well as in our program work in communities nationwide. And we partner with a national network of nearly 300 Affiliates across the country to serve millions of Latinos in the areas of civic engagement, civil rights and immigration, education, workforce and the economy, health, and housing.

UnidosUS provided funding and support for our collaboration with The Latin American Youth Center.


Upshur Street Books

Upshur Street Books carries and promotes all of our collection at their independent bookstore in NW DC.



VisArts provides children, teens, and adults with opportunities to express their ideas, develop their talents, connect with others, and enrich their lives. A nonprofit visual arts center in Rockville, Maryland VisArts has provided space at a discount for our Summer 2018 programming with Next Wave Muslim Initiative.