Writing for the Soul Workshop™ is a national mentoring program that invokes a passion for social emotional learning using writing, resources for healing, and skills for a lifetime while tackling the problems of mental, financial and educational inequality.
During the course of this program, participants experience a trauma informed approach using writing as therapy as we walk them through the steps of writing a rough draft- to actually earning money from soft cover and eBook sales!
Program Outcomes: Participants open up and begin to heal from trauma. They also begin to develop a love of writing and reading. Better readers do better in life. Our participants gain financial freedom when they promote their work. This boosts self-esteem tremendously.
Here are five ways YOU can be a part of the Writing For The Soul Process:
#1 Buy our books. Book sales are our key source of funding. These sales are how we are able to offer our program to students at no cost to them.
#2 Invest in our Adopt-a-City Program. Youth violence and crime affect a community’s economic health, as well as individuals’ physical and mental health and well-being. Homicide is the second leading cause of death for youth in our country. In 2011, more than 707,000 young people ages 10-24 were treated in emergency departments for injuries sustained from violence.
Writing for the Soul Workshop™ offers communities an amazing resource for Justice Reinvestment, with a strong focus on changing behavior and empowering our at risk kids. Unlike many other programs that are more focused on manual skills, like trash pickup or graffiti removal, our program offers a way for at risk youth to improve their writing, become published authors, plus having the ability to immediately earn income to help with their fines and restitution.
“Every day, mentors in communities across our Nation provide crucial support and guidance to young people. Whether a day is spent helping with homework, playing catch, or just listening, these moments can have an enormous, lasting effect on a child’s life.” –President Barack Obama, Presidential Proclamation, National Mentoring Month.
Mentoring is, simply, the right thing to do. You do not need a particular religious orientation or specific motive to be a mentor in our program. If you are in a position to give of your time—and many of us are—that is all you must have to begin.
#4. Share on Social Media
Sharing on social media shows people what you care about. Our mission is to provide vibrant opportunities through mentors, community partners and the resources packed within our program to youth that will encourage them to abstain from chemical abuse, pursue secondary education and become more self-reliant financially. We actively engage our mission each work day by:
- assisting parents with meeting the needs/challenges of breaking habits that are leading their child/ren into trouble in school and in the streets.
- offering writing as therapy.
- creating better writers, which in turn creates better readers.
- allowing our participants to “pay it forward” to other youth by submitting their stories for group publishing, and then giving them the training they need to earn money distributing their books, eBooks and audio books around the world.
Better writers develop into better readers. Better readers do better in life. Providing our participants with hope and real tools for real life is our mission. Click on the buttons below to like, follow and share our content with your network. You never know who will see it …and live. Yes, we have data to prove that our program literally saves lives.
#5 Donate Make a one-time, or monthly tax-deductible donation to help ensure students in Arkansas and Texas can continue to access our programs at no cost to them.
Writing for the Soul Workshop™ is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non‐profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Writing for the Soul Workshop™ must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” and are tax‐deductible to the extent permitted by law. Click to donate, or mail checks to: Writing for the Soul Workshop™ 204 East 4th Street, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72114