Andrea Malouf, Elisa Stone, Salt Lake Community College
Salt Lake Teens Write
The Salt Lake Teens Write program provides long-term academic and career mentoring for underserved teens through writing. Salt Lake Teens Write serves as a model program where learning is reciprocal—mentors write alongside teens, learn alongside teens, and grow in their abilities just as the teens do. Rather than a top-down, teacher-student approach, this program encourages an equal playing field. Not only is the program itself a creative innovation, but within the program creativity and learning go hand-in-hand. Both mentors and teens benefit from the reciprocity of exploring genres together, generating ideas together, writing drafts together, and being readers and listeners for one another. Salt Lake Teens Write is also a creative approach to recruiting underserved youth for college in the near future.