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You probably know I’m crazy about 916 Ink. How could I not be?

This hard-working team empowers low-income and at-risk youth through creative writing, turning them into published authors in the process.

But the big thing isn’t actually their published writing. It’s the more general message—You have a voice! 916 student-writers become confident communicators who believe in the power of their own, true story. I wish all my university students felt this way about their relevance in the world and how that relates to writing.

That’s why I hope you’ll help me reach my goal of raising $1500 for 916 kids in this year’s Big Day of Giving campaign. Even a $5 gift will say “I care” to thousands of hopeful kids in our region.

Thank you, my friends!

Goal: $1500

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More About 916 Ink

Since 2011 916 Ink has transformed over 3,000 young people into confident communicators and more engaged students who have learned to believe in themselves and the value of their unique voice. How, you ask? Through an innovative workshop method the elicits honest self expression by the student and builds a culture of genuine positive feedback among peers. The culmination of our workshops is the publication of each student's pieces in a beautiful, professionally published book that cements impact and celebrates the achievement of these young authors. 

Why do we do this? Over half of the students in our region are reading behind grade level. Among underserved and historically disadvantaged groups of children the problem is significantly worse. Again and again, low literacy levels have been shown as a leading contributor to increased rates of high school drop out, adult poverty, and involvement in the criminal justice system. 916 Ink tackles this problem head on while simultaneously generating proven increases in other areas such as academic confidence, empathy, and creativity. We serve some of Sacramento's most vulnerable children and youth. Whether they are experiencing poverty, at risk of dropping out of school,  an adolescent parent, in the foster care system, experiencing homelessness, or involved in the juvenile justice system. 

Despite all of this impact, we are still an incredibly small organization with a small staff and small budget. Support from people like you is what makes it possible for us to reach these children and without you we will reach less of them. Join the Ink community today by donating what you can and help us fill the world with more smiling, confident, published youth authors.