Since 2011, 916 Ink has led the effort to promote youth literacy in Sacramento by empowering youth voice. We have published over 50 books, serving over 1700 young authors in the Sacramento region.


I have decades of experience in teaching English to at-risk teens. The 916 Ink process is more effective at turning students into writers and readers than anything I’ve experienced in the past.
— Marilyn Reynolds, retired English teacher

Accomplishments

  • Published over 1700 youth writers in over 50 professional books
  • Received over 8000 hours of in-kind time by our team of amazing volunteers
  • 92% of 916 Ink youth agree that they are writers after our workshops.
  • Awarded the Inspire Giving Grant from the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce in 2015
  • Won the "Arts Make it Happen" Endowment from the Sacramento Region Community Foundation
  • Opened the whimsical 916 Ink Imaginarium in the closed down Maple Elementary School
  • Improved writing and reading proficiencies at every grade level
  • Won the People's Choice Award and Coaches Award at Social Venture Partners Fast Pitch Program
  • Provided over 1000+ hours of free writing instruction to underserved youth, ages 4-18 to improve academic confidence
  • Made 3 short films written by kids about ostriches, fruit wars, and the urgency of growing up 
  • Invented the "What Happens Next" machine
  • Co-founded the Walk 4 Literacy Coalition

916 Ink In the News

“In my lifetime I have seen many things” Hip-hop, family and the future: SN&R and 916 Ink give voice to south Sacramento's young boys and men of color  

“In my lifetime I have seen many things”

Hip-hop, family and the future: SN&R and 916 Ink give voice to south Sacramento's young boys and men of color

 

Writing class changes lives through creative writing It’s a story about stories…and about poetry and creative non-fiction and, most importantly, about how a writing class in Sacramento is changing the lives of students.

Writing class changes lives through creative writing

It’s a story about stories…and about poetry and creative non-fiction and, most importantly, about how a writing class in Sacramento is changing the lives of students.

Katie McCleary interview on Girls on the Grid Sacramento blog, Girls on the Grid, spotlights 916 Ink's executive director.

Katie McCleary interview on Girls on the Grid

Sacramento blog, Girls on the Grid, spotlights 916 Ink's executive director.

Creative LIteracy on News 10 An news segment about creativity and literacy.

Creative LIteracy on News 10

An news segment about creativity and literacy.

916 Ink Interview on Capital Public Radio 916 Ink's interview on Insight with Beth Ruyak about incarcerated youth published in Sacramento's Youth Detention Facility.

916 Ink Interview on Capital Public Radio

916 Ink's interview on Insight with Beth Ruyak about incarcerated youth published in Sacramento's Youth Detention Facility.