Mighty Writers At Home launched in March 2020 in response to the coronavirus crisis. We took our traditional afterschool programming and adapted it to be entirely virtual. Our goal was to ensure that our students did not face any lapse in educational and literacy programming due to the closure of public schools in our service areas, which includes Philadelphia, PA, Camden, NJ, and Chester County, PA.
Our MW At Home workshops teach kids aged 7-17 to think and write with clarity, free of charge. To meet the needs of our students and be sensitive to those without wifi at home, we have pivoted our traditional after school programming to exist in both a virtual as well as mail-order version.
Our online workshops exist in the same format as our traditional afterschool programming, using Zoom as a platform. In addition to workshopping student writing, we maintain discussions between the instructor and students as well as provide some level of social interaction for students. In one example, our Girl Power group broadcast a movie night relevant to issues of female empowerment and gave the girls the opportunity to have a discussion following the movie.
Other virtual programming includes: mindfulness, toddlers, and teens.
A special mail-order version of Mighty Writers is available to our academy families. The worksheets and take home writing prompts allow for students who do not have wifi access to take part in the programming they have come accustomed to.
Our Mindfulness programming, crucial in this moment of COVID-19, consists of daily text blasts, emailed Mindfulness Moments and take homes.
The goal of MW At Home is to ensure that our organization remains resilient in this time of educational upheaval as well as to leave no gap in the writing and literacy proficiency our afterschool programs have worked hard to build in our students.
The pivot also came with an added bonus for both our student population as well as our organization. Mighty Writers sees this as the first time we can start to have educational programming for kids after school that is accessible to a larger population, including those who lack easy access to transportation.