MightyFest celebrates year-long work of Philly's Mighty Writers program

Hadas Kuznits
September 28, 2019 - 2:28 pm
Mighty Writers MightFest

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The 2nd annual MightyFest was held this weekend in front of the Franklin Institute. 

MightyFest was a celebration of the year-long work of the youth writing organization Mighty Writers. Education Director Rachel Loeper says 3,500 kids participate in Mighty Writers workshops and after school programs throughout the year.

"At Mighty Writers we believe that if kids can write well, then they can kind of articulate their future and they can get on a pathway to success," Loeper said. "So our goal is really to make writing as fun as possible and to reach kids as early as possible."

Queen Muse is a La Salle University professor and Mighty Writers volunteer...

"And we know that there are literacy issues in Philadelphia, where students aren’t necessarily getting the resources they need in school," Muse said.

Mighty Writers MightFest
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15-year-old Mighty Writer Seth Scutt says he enjoys meeting people through the program and he’s learned a lot about himself.

"I’m a bright thinker," he said, "so I like to expand my mind with all these imaginary ideas."

For 10-year-Old Aniyah Evans, Mighty Writers has been a big help.

"Yes, with school," she explained, "so that I can learn new words."

Muse says there are many ways to make writing fun and engaging

"They do so many different activities," she said. "There’s Slam Poetry, there’s drawing and writing, and a lot of those activities are here so our booth is teaching kids how to write for social media."