#OliveCares: Teaching the Mighty Power of Words - Mighty Writers

Photo Credit: Temple News

Photo Credit: Temple News

They say the pen is mightier than the sword. For this week’s #OliveCares post, we want to highlight an organization that best exemplifies the power of the pen here in Philadelphia. Mighty Writers’s mission is to teach kids age 7 to 17 to think and write with clarity in hopes of a brighter successful future. As stated on their website, they “make every child feel welcome, celebrated and Mighty by creating communities that are supportive, nurturing and striving.”

“Mighty Writers was launched in 2009 to address the student literacy crisis in the city. Our mission hasn’t changed from day one: to teach kids to think clearly and write with clarity. When kids learn to do both, their self-esteem soars and success follows.”

All of Mighty Writers’ programs are free to Philadelphia students. Over 300 teachers, writers, and volunteers have worked with the organization to mentor over 2,000 kids. Programs in include Kids’ Classes, Teen Groups, Academy and Teen Scholars.

“We have grown from one site to four sites in seven years and now reach some 2,500 kids annually with the power of writing. We’ve had a lot of success in a short period of time by being ‘Mighty,’ which to us means believing in Philly kids, working harder than the next guy and trusting in the power of the word to transform lives for the better.”

Mighty Writers has four location to choose from:

MW El Futuro, 1025 S. 9th St.

MW North, 1801 Diamond St.

MW South, 1501 Christian St.

MW West, 3861 Lancaster Ave.

You can also volunteer to be a mentor or donate and have your organization showcased on their site under benefactors. If you are unable to make it to one of the four centers, don’t you worry! Mighty Writers takes workshops on the road for schools, libraries, and youth centers.

“The best part of working at Mighty Writers is seeing kids grow and develop, sharing their pride as they read their stories to their colleagues and celebrating their successes. To create real change, you need a stellar work ethic and you must believe that your mission will yield the kind of results that makes all the hard work worth it.”


Molly Oretsky

Molly Oretsky