The Write of Your L!fe™ content would fit seamlessly into a language arts class or a curriculum that focuses on life skills. If your school has an AVID, bridge, reentry, Saturday school, restorative justice, arts or life skills program, The Write of Your L!fe™ curriculum fits there as well. Because it’s pretty creative, fun (and empowering!), you could end a successful week of class with The Write of Your L!fe™ video and online class.
If your school doesn’t want to commit to the full program, teachers and students can access the publishing services and poetry readings on You Tube; search for “Women Wonder Writers” to try it out and see how your students respond.
The Write of Your L!fe™ offers a series of lessons that revolve around weekly group meetings incorporated into a cultural arts curriculum that empowers students to build resilience, including empathy, expression, self-esteem, hope, peer and family support. Inspired by The Freedom Writers Diary, an award-winning movie and book, the program encourages students to write their stories and share them. The program focuses on literary, visual and performing arts, inviting in guest artists to teach their respective art medium with students and local “Leaders” (any adult they may be inspired by with a story of resilience) to learn how they overcame adversity to where they are today.
There are two possible pathways to bring The Write of Your L!fe™ to your school
We send our trauma-trained instructors to your site for in-person or online workshops. The Write of Your L!fe™ meets once weekly for 12 weeks with 12 students (for ages 12-14 or 14-17 or 18-22) and our instructors facilitate group meetings through an in-person appearance in the students’ classroom or community site.
We train your teachers and provide a curriculum that gives teachers enough lessons for 52 weeks and the flexibility for adapting the lessons and activities to their individual classrooms. Teachers will facilitate group meetings in their own classrooms.
So you’re ready to bring The Write of Your L!fe™ to your site, but your school cannot afford to pay for it? It’s time to be resourceful! Maybe you’ve asked your school principal if your LCFF funding has been exhausted for programs building parental engagement, student engagement, language arts, life skills, electives, or restorative justice programs. But once you’re committed to bringing resources to your students to help keep them resilient, let’s look at some non-traditional ways to raise the money to fund your program.
This is a growing list of all of the best resources to help you obtain outside funding to help you pay for programming. With a little creativity, you can apply for grants, scholarships, and donations. Most of the following resources require some out-of-the-box thinking, but in the end not only can you earn money for your program, but you can also create a meaningful journey out of your program that you can use for a resume, life experience, etc.
This is our new favorite resource. The object of the fundraiser is to come up with a really creative or useful idea (it doesn’t have to be arts related), determine an amount of money that you need, and if enough people donate to your cause to reach your budget goal, you get to keep the money. There are a few more rules of course and you’ll want to check with your school and district policies. But some very innovative ideas have been funded.
Scholarships from the Rotary Club vary. Check with your local rotary club for specific opportunities – there are Rotary Clubs throughout Southern California with many interesting funding opportunities.
The California Arts Council helps maintain California’s unique identity by investing in organizations that keep its artistic energy thriving and make its diverse communities healthy and vibrant. Program-specific details, dates, guidelines, staff contacts, and more can be found online.
Humanities for All is a grant program that supports locally-initiated public humanities projects. This program encourages greater public participation in humanities programming, particularly by new and/or underserved audiences.
The Community Foundation Serving the county of Riverside and San Bernardino accepts competitive grant proposals from nonprofit organizations who serve the residents of Riverside and San Bernardino County during specific grant cycles.