September 15th, 2014

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“… your program’s selection as one of the 50 finalists distinguishes [Mighty Writers'] as one of the top arts-and-humanities-based programs in the country.”

—The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, 2014


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Volunteer of the Month

June 7th, 2014

Laura Hawley

Laura Hawley

Employer: Open City Healing Arts, private acupuncture practice

Hometown: I was born in Guatemala City and have lived many places, but now I consider Philly my hometown.

How long have you been a volunteer with MW? Since 2013

How would you define your role at MW? I am the mentor of the Greedy Readers Book Club, a group of girls aged 13 to 15 who meet once a month to discuss a book we have chosen. My role is to find out what the girls want to read next and also to tell them about books they don’t know about. I bring the snacks, and help guide the conversation a little bit. The talk stays lively and mostly on topic without much help from me. I also taught a class to younger kids called Stuff and Nonsense, about writing nonsense. I’d like to do that again.


I would put the next Mighty Writers in my neighborhood of Brewerytown, because I see kids hungry for knowledge there.


What skills do you think are necessary for a Mighty volunteer? Flexibility, respect for self and others, a sense of humor and a willingness to experiment are all useful.

What is unique about Mighty Writers South? There is so much happening there in such a small space. They always try to say yes and be generous. The kids are happy to be there.

>>>Hear more from Laura, over here >>>

Volunteer of the Month

June 6th, 2014

Julia Thompson-Calio

Employer: Baker Tilly Virchow Krause (accounting)

Hometown: Harrisburg, PA

How long have you been a MW volunteer? Since July 2013

How would you define your role at MW? My primary role is as a mentor to Sunny, a senior at Constitution High, though I’ve also assisted with college application and creative writing workshops.


“MW is a bustling hub of creative energy and motivated young people.”


What skills are necessary for a Mighty volunteer? All you need is a strong desire to see a young person succeed. MW’s staff provides volunteers with any additional resources they may need.

What makes someone a Mighty Writer? My mentee, Sunny, cares deeply about the world around her and incorporates her passions–from protesting school budget cuts to her love for Jimmy Fallon–into her writing.

If you could put a Mighty Writers anywhere, where would it be? Every neighborhood in Philly needs a Mighty Writers.

>>>Hear more from Julia, over here >>>

Donate to Mighty Writers

June 2nd, 2014

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It’s A Mighty Truth

March 5th, 2014

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Children make you want to start life over.”

—Muhammad Ali

The Mighty Way

March 2nd, 2014

Thank you to our friends at Al Dia for such a swell video.

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