Back in May we told you about Mighty Writers’ plans to open an after-school literacy program for Latino students. Mighty Writers is now set to open their new location, called El Futuro, at 1025 S. 9th St. later this month.
The non-profit organization caters to Philadelphia youth, from ages 7 through 17.
Mighty Writers received a $75,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to open this new space in the Italian Market.
Here’s what the Knight Foundation had to say about the program back in May:
To engage Latino youth in creative expression by expanding their award-winning after-school writing program that serves 2,000 Philadelphia students annually into a new center in the city’s Italian Market neighborhood. In an effort to engage the Latino community, Mighty Writers has collaborated with award-winning Mexican-American artist Nora Litz and local non-profit Puentes de Salud to design and launch a successful bilingual writing program. Now, Mighty Writers will develop a robust roster of literacy programs that when launched will serve at least 150 Mexican-American grade students in grade 2-12 in its first year.
The new space is about 2,500 sq. ft. The location will provide services to students in the form of workshops, focusing on the Mexican community, and programming similar to what the other Mighty Writers’ locations offer. This includes SAT prep, homework help, writing classes and more.
El Futuro will offer instruction in both English and Spanish. The new location’s after-school program will run from 3 p.m. through 6 p.m. on school days, in addition to weekend programming.
The new location is set to open on March 16. More information on Mighty Writers can be found on the organization’s website.