Nicole’s experience with LITWORLD

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This summer, I experienced a mini-internship with a non-profit organization called LITWORLD. The organization enables young people to take action and create change by telling our stories and helping others tell their stories through literacy. Over the course of a few days, I learned how to engage children within in our community by having them express their own stories. Because storytelling is a huge part of LITWORLD, they have celebrations called “litfests” where they celebrate world literacy by engaging young people in reading and writing activities. At the mini internship, I, along with other girls my age, coordinated a litfest to promote the self confidence and strength that literacy brings. We travelled to Harlem where we worked within a space provided by Broadway Housing to put on the litfest. It was incredible to feel the energy the children that we worked with gave off. Their enthusiasm and their stories inspired me to be able to share my story in return. Hopefully, Friends will be able to work with them in the future to celebrate days such as the UN International Day of the Girl on October 11th and World Read Aloud Day in February to help promote literacy among children, and especially young girls, worldwide.

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