Letter from our Executive Director
Dear MOI community,
I am always pleasantly surprised to find that in our technology-driven world, our students still find such joy and delight in seeing their work published in print for the first time. Earlier this month, MOI staff, volunteers, parents, supporters, and–of course–students gathered to celebrate the release of[em]power, the first of this year's chapbooks from our After-School Homework Help program. Talented young authors read their work aloud and even signed some autographs. As you can see from the pictures below, joy abounded:
Publishing students' work is just one way we work to amplify the voices of youth in our community. Thank you for all your support of our organization and young authors this past year, and we hope you have a joyful end to 2018!
P.S. If you haven't yet donated to MOI this year, there's still time! Visit https://givemn.org/organization/moi-msp to give today.
Porthole into Programming!
Have you ever teleported through a portal to a marshmallow beach? Or seen a samurai fight in a worm’s underground home?
Our Field Trip students have! These are just some of the many magical ideas students have come up with during MOI’s Storytelling and Bookmaking Field Trips this month. In December and January, our field trips are hosted at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia). That means all the wacky characters in the stories are based off of real art pieces from Mia’s collection. The pictured examples were brought to life by our fabulous illustrator Lisa Troutman of Drawn Well. If you’d like to join us (and get a tour of the new Egypt’s Sunken Cities exhibit afterward), contact Ellen about volunteering.
The creative juices are also flowing at South High School! Our Young Authors' Book Project is flourishing. We’ve shifted from poetry to character analysis, with the aim for students to start writing short fiction in the new year. We’re excited to work more in depth with our publishing partner Wise Ink for the creation of the book, especially to create a student editorial council that will involve our young authors more intrinsically in the publishing process.
Also at South, hundreds of students have already made use of our new Writers' Room, our satellite writing support center, during its first semester open. Clubs, college essay writers, and even English, humanities, and ELL classes have filled our space with their energy. If you’ve been looking for more opportunities to work with high school students, connect with Ellen and Sam Oppenheimer for more information.
In the News
Last month, 826 Chicago student Esperanza Rivera introduced Barack Obama during the Obama Foundation Summit. As a chapter-in-development of the 826 network, MOI is grateful to be connected to such a great network of impressive young people.
Next month, MOI supporter Dave Eggers is coming to the Twin Cities to promote his new book, The Monk of Mokha. Buy your tickets today!
Check out this piece, by fifth grade author Halima, featured in our newest chapbook:
MOI makes me feel powerful.
MOI makes my smile come out.
MOI helps me with my homework.
MOI helps me with my handwriting.
MOI gives me power.
From superhero alter-egos to tales of real-life empowerment, the winter chapbook is full of stories and poems sure to make any reader feel strong. Find a copy at MOI headquarters or Boneshaker Books, our neighbors on Franklin & 23rd Ave.