Camden Youth Literature Programs Receive Funding

Camden Youth Literature Programs Receive Funding

July 23, 2013 (Trenton, NJ)  – People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos is pleased to announce that it has received a $6,500 grant from the Subaru of America Foundation. These funds will support two new literature programs with youth in Camden County.

With this grant, People & Stories will offer the new program this fall: one at the Camden County Youth Center and one at Camden Youth Library at Rutgers. These programs will provide thirty young adults the opportunity to read and experience literature in a new way. Each program is an eight-week literature reading and discussion experience. Led by a trained discussion leader, a group of fifteen teenagers will read a different short story each week and relate the story to their life experience. By working with college-level stories, these young men and women will gain experience and confidence in their ability to understand complicated literature.

While these two programs are the first People & Stories programs with youth in Camden, the program has been immensely successful in other locations. In the words of one former participant, “I got to read edgy and social stories, making me think more.” Another shared, “The thing that meant the most to me was talking with other teens and hearing their take on things.

Jenny Gubernick, a program coordinator at the Pima County Public Library, Arizona, enthused, “This [People & Stories] was really one of the best library programs I’ve been involved with… I learned so much from the stories and from the teens… I loved it when they ended up liking a story they never would have tried on their own, and when they shared stories they liked with the group, too.”
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