Mighty Writers is a South Philadelphia-based nonprofit on a powerfully simple mission: Teach kids how to write well so they can succeed at whatever they do.
Offering a daily, free after-school program for grade-schoolers through teenagers, Mighty Writers is well-designed to fight Philadelphia’s literacy crisis amongst young people. And it is a real crisis: As of 2009, an entire 20 percent of adults in Philadelphia lacked basic reading and writing skills. More than 200,000 Philadelphians lack a high school diploma, and 8,200 kids drop out of high school each year. (Visit www.mightywriters.org to learn more.)
I chose to partner with this organization because it helps kids, is based in my home of Philadelphia, and because it focuses on a topic that I care a lot about — young people possessing the skills to write/communicate effectively, which I personally think is the most important skill that kids can ever learn.
Since I will be running 26.2 in my World Record-attempt, in addition to raising awareness for this awesome non-profit, I set a goal of raising $26,200 for Mighty Writers during this process.