Letter from the Executive Director
Dear MOI community,
Some words of encouragement from one of our brilliant MOI young authors as we work to get through these last couple trying months of winter here in Minnesota:
“You are stronger than anybody else!”
“You can do it!”
“You are my best friend!”
“I could help you with friendship!”
“You are faster than a running dog!”
In addition to soliciting advice from our students, we at MOI are getting through these chilly months by finishing up our satellite field trips at the Mia, getting ready for our Trivia for Cheaters fundraiser next month, and, of course, cozying up with some good books written and published here at our center. Read on to learn more about what's happening in our programs and how you can get involved.
Porthole into Programming!
In September, we embarked on a new adventure at Minneapolis South High School to open a satellite Writers’ Room to support high school students with writing help in all subjects. Six months in to our project, the early reception with our partner school has been amazing. Check out these numbers!
As of January, we have seen
183 students making 414 drop-in visits
794 students have come in with their classes to receive writing support
One of the main goals of the Writers' Room was to support students from underserved populations. So far, 67% of the students who have visited the room for individual writing consultations identify as English Language Learners. We hope to grow our impact and strengthen partnerships with teachers over the rest of the semester.
On February 15, we hosted our first Creative Writing Workshop of the year at MOI! Local restaurants like Apoy, Seward Co-op Creamery, Funky Grits, and Martha’s Eats & Treats donated pastries and noodles and the crowd favorite – leche flan – while students wrote thoughtful critiques of the food.
The next Creative Writing Workshop will be March 22, where we’ll have a multilingual poetry workshop. If you’d like to sign up your student for this free writing adventure, email Ellen@moi-msp.org.
In the News
“When I throw the reader into the deep end, I just have this faith they’re going to find their way back.”
MOI Literary Board member Marlon James is receiving national acclaim for his new novel Black Leopard, Red Wolf. Check out this Time magazine piece about James from earlier this month, and check out this video with James talking about the importance of a space like MOI for youth in our community.
Trivia for Cheaters is back!
Last week, students in After-School Homework Help pondered the question, “What will people remember about you in 100 years?” Here’s one young author’s take:
In 100 years I want people to remember me for being a good climber. People will say that I was very smart. I want people to remember that my favorite color was blue.
- Jamal, grade 2