“Hello, I’m glad you’re here. I’m happy to be here,” says MOI Program Director Cristeta Boarini, greeting the students a part of the 2019 Young Authors’ Book Project (YABP) in her usual way. At this point in the year, most students have caught on to the fact that Cristeta begins class this way—some might reply, “I’m glad I’m here too.” Friendly quips aside, the result of intentionally beginning class in this way is the creation of a genuine community of care.Read More
Letter from the Executive Director: We are moving into one of my favorite times of the year—publication season. We’d love to have our community come out and join us at these events to honor the hard work and creativity of our young authors.
Porthole into Programming: The 2018–2019 Young Authors' Book Project is wrapping up, and our young authors' book is being printed as you read this. We are proud to present Indigenous Originated: Walking in Two Worlds.
Student Spotlight: This month, MOI celebrated Poem in Your Pocket Day as a part of National Poetry Month. Didn’t get a chance to grab a pocket poem for yourself? Open the newsletter and check out these ones from some After-School Homework Help students.
In the News: Youth across the nation are using their voices to advocate for climate justice. Check out this article by Vice about the young leaders involved in the climate strike, including South High Schools’ own Isra Hirsi.
Call to Action: Support MOI’s young authors this May! Join us at Moon Palace Books on Wednesday, May 15, from 4:30–7 p.m. to celebrate the students who published Indigenous Originated: Walking Two Worlds. On Monday, May 20, MOI’s After-School Homework Help students will present writing from their newest chapbook.Read More
MOI is grateful to have so many dedicated volunteers who are passionate about ensuring students have the support they need to build strong reading and writing skills. Recently we caught up with Kara Forde, an MOI crew member passionate about early literacy and narrowing the achievement gap in education to learn why she enjoys volunteering with MOI.Read More
On March 20th, we said “see you later” to longtime MOI volunteer Taylor Baldry. In the five years he’s volunteered with MOI, Taylor has brought so much talent, creative energy, and joy to the MOI community.Read More
Letter from the Executive Director: One of the best things about this time of year is seeing our Young Authors’ Book Project anthology of student writing come together. In one year, our young authors—in collaboration with MOI staff, a fabulous local guest author, volunteers, and our beloved partner teachers,—create a book!
Porthole into Programming: Our YABP students have voted on the title and cover of our upcoming book anthology. MOI is excited to announce that the winning title is Indigenous Originated: Walking in Two Worlds.
In the News: YABP guest author Tall Paul released a new music video for his song “Spirits Testin’ Ma Gangsta.” Check it out here.
Call to Action: Encourage the folks in your networks to donate to MOI this spring! Share a piece of seaworthy student writing and remind your friends that they can donate anytime at givemn.org/moi-msp.
Student Spotlight: Take a tour through MOI’s South Minneapolis headquarters with longtime student and MOI expert, fifth-grader Selama.
Donor Spotlight: Thank you to the 262 donors, 21 teams, more than 80 players, 6 volunteers, 18 businesses who donated, two sponsors (Fredrikson and Byron, P.A. and Minneapolis Global Shapers), and one fabulous host venue (La Doña Cervecería) who made Trivia for Cheaters such a success!Read More