Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Working with our future leaders

This past Tuesday, I began volunteering as a writing coach at The Posse Foundation, a remarkable youth development group. I met 11 really terrific kids, almost all black and/or Hispanic, who are going to be the leaders of the next generation. What's so terrific about Posse is that they find kids who are potentially strong leaders, put them through a demanding application process and then at the end of it, working in concert with several colleges, provide the students with a full 4-year scholarship! I'm working with the Babson College posse. What's more, the kids attend as a cohort and spend the 9 months prior to college entrance building community and learning what it will take for them to succeed in college.

What does this have to do with Ringshout, you ask? Well, I believe that this kind of volunteering, using our writing skills, is the kind of thing that will let the next generation know that there are black writers out there, doing their thing and caring what happens to the next generation. It's a minimal commitment--6 sessions--but it has big payoffs. Posse Foundation has offices in New York, DC, Atlanta, LA and Boston. To learn more you can email .


Carleen Brice said...

Glad to see ringShout is back up! I'll link to it.

susan said...

I'm going to check it out. We need that program here. I found my way here via Carleen. Thanks for being here.

I know about Babson. A fellow blogger is on staff and a friend graduated from there. Years ago, the college was my client. Amazing how connections go round and round.

Marcia said...

You might want to introduce your students to the works of Jason A. Spencer-Edwards, who has captivated New York City schoolchildren with his self-published novels. Link to a recent New York Times piece about him: