Mighty Volunteers

August 20th, 2016

Collin Bradley at Mighty Writers North

Hometown: Media, PA

Profession: Student

Been a volunteer at MW since: January 2017

What I do at MW: Help out any way I can.

Favorite author: Dan Simmons (Hyperion)

Last book I read: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Book I liked as a kid: Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss

Quote I like: “Turn your face to the sun, and the shadows fall behind you.” — Maori proverb

Jonathan A. Gaev at MW El Futuro

Hometown:  Philadelphia PA

Profession:  Engineer

Been a volunteer at MW since:  November 2016

What I do at MW:  Tutor (all subjects-I am probably best in Math and Science)

Favorite Author:  Fyodor Dostoyevsky (The Idiot is my favorite book); Albert Camus is a close second (The Stranger and The Fall).

Last Book I read:  The Third Eye (Di san zhi yanjing) in “easy to read” Chinese.  Last book in English was Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.  Currently reading La Novia Oscura by Laura Restrepo (in Spanish)

Book I liked as a kid:  White Fang by Jack London

Quote I like:  “Fortune favors the prepared mind.” — Louis Pasteur

Maggie Schepcaro at MW South

Hometown: Lexington, Massachusetts

Profession: Paralegal

Been a volunteer at MW since: November 2016

What I do at MW: I get to be a part of the students’ writing process in all its steps, which means helping with school assignments that exercise their writing tools, playing games to clear their minds, participating in inspiring writing lessons, and assisting them in the writing their own thoughts.

Favorite author: Virginia Woolf

Last book I read: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Book I liked as a kid: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

Quote I like: “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” — Annie Dillard

A Mighty, Mighty Day

July 27th, 2016


July 26, 2016. 10am.

3000 Philly kids, ages seven to 17, writing.
Philadelphia Museum of Art.
photo: DJ Dilemma

“When they go low, we go high”

Mighty Volunteers

July 26th, 2016

Isabel Díaz Alanís, MW El Futuro

My hometown: Monterrey, Nuevo León, México.

What I do at MW: I assist Mr. Mario during his writing class on Tuesday and Ms. Nora in the comic book and immigration class on Saturday.

Favorite author: Juan Rulfo (it’s his centennial this year)

Quote I like: “Yo imaginaba ver aquello a través de los recuerdos de mi madre; de su nostalgia, entre retazos de suspiros. Siempre vivió ella suspirando por Comala, por el retorno; pero jamás volvió. Ahora yo vengo en su lugar. Traigo los ojos con que ella miró estas cosas, porque me dio sus ojos para ver”. (Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo)

Milonee Desai, MW West (pictured above, right)

My hometown: Irvine, CA

School: Drexel University

What I do at MW:  I act as a helping hand wherever I am needed. Some of my responsibilities include helping run daily workshops and programs at MW West, helping plan events, and create promotional materials. The best part about it all is being able to consider myself a part of the Mighty Writers family knowing that I am making a positive difference in their lives like they are in mine.

Favorite author: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Quote I like: “Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in looks. Not in what they say. Just in what they are.” ― Markus Zusak

Caitlyn Somers, MW North

Hometown: Cherry Hill, NJ

What I do at MW: Help Shamira and the kids as much as possible.

Favorite author: Kurt Vonnegut

Quote I like: “Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.” -Allen Ginsberg

Mighty Volunteers

July 25th, 2016

Shanise Redmon 2016

Shanise Redmon

Hometown: Philadelphia

Profession: Graduate Student

Been a volunteer at MW since: 2013

What I do at MW: Workshop Instructor

Favorite authors: Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin and Amiri Baraka

Last book I read: Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

Book I liked as a kid: As a little kid, anything by Shel Silverstein. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh. As a teen, Native Son by Richard Wright, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka and One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest by Ken Kesey.

Quote I like: “Writing for me is control. Nobody tells me what to do. It’s mine. It’s free. It’s a way of thinking. It’s pure knowledge.” – Toni Morrison

Gosh, speaking of volunteering, check this.


Michael Schaffer

Hometown: Havertown

Profession: Retired journalist. I was a writer and editor at The Inquirer for more than 30 years before retiring at the end of 2014.

Been a volunteer at MW since: July 2016

What I do at MW: I help the younger children with their homework and the older ones with their writing. I also have helped an eighth grader write an application essay for Central High School.

Favorite author: P.G. Wodehouse

Last book I read: “Cry, the Beloved Country,” by Alan Paton

Book I liked as a kid: The Hardy Boys series

Quote I like: “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” – Benjamin Franklin

December 11th, 2015

Hey, that’s us.

Our Mighty Directors

December 7th, 2015

program directors

Counter-clockwise from right hand corner: Khalia Robinson (West Philly), Madeline Karp (El Futuro), Tanesha Ford (South Philly) and Shamira O’Neal (North Philly). ‪#‎Mighty‬

Mighty Writers Wins Edward R. Murrow Award

December 7th, 2015

murrow awards

Mighty Writers has won a prestigious 2015 Edward R, Murrow Award for an audio documentary titled GOING BLACK: THE LEGACY OF PHILLY SOUL RADIO.

GOING BLACK: THE LEGACY OF PHILLY SOUL RADIO, a two-hour audio documentary that aired on public radio stations around the country in 2014 and again in 2015, recaptured the glory days (1950—1979) of Black radio in Philadelphia.

> Read more here >>

smiley girlChildren make you want to start life over.” 

—Muhammad Ali

One Book, One Philadelphia at MW

November 20th, 2015

Thanks to this year’s “One Book, One Philadelphia” selection, kids at each of our MW sites will be reading and talking about curiosity, mysteries and autism.

Will you read with us?

El Futuro – Can You Solve It? (ages 7-17)
Thursday, Feb. 2, 6-8pm
MW El Futuro 1025. S. 9th Street.
Christopher, who has Aspergers, sees the world through a series of puzzles. We’ll investigate mysteries, solve puzzles and create our own riddles. All participants receive a copy of the novel.

Sign up here.

MW West – The Curious Incident (ages 10-17)
Friday, Feb. 10, 6-8pm
MW West, 3861 Lancaster Ave
Calling all Sherlock Holmes and mystery novel lovers. We’ll read passages and create our own short stories inspired by the “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” All participants receive a copy of the novel.

Sign up here.

MW North – The Investigation (ages 11-15)
Thursday, Feb. 16, 6-7:30pm
MW North, 2123 N. Gratz Street.
We learn from Christopher, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, that there are many ways to interpret the world. Join us as we read a few chapters & talk observation skills, logic, and life! Maybe we’ll even solve the murder mystery! All participants receive a copy of the novel.

Sign up here.

MW South – Who Stole the Cookie? (ages 7-9)
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2:00-3:30pm
MW South, 1501 Christian Street
We’ll follow the steps of 15-year-old Christopher to create and solve a mystery! Scavenger-hunt style, we’ll discover who stole the cookie from the cookie jar. The first six people to sign up will get a copy of “Temple Grandin” a girl with autism who different outlook helps her to do great things!

Sign up here.