Barrio Writers was founded by author Sarah Rafael Garcia in June 2009. The Barrio Writers program consists of free workshops & additional one-on-one tutoring hours throughout the academic summer break & monthly cultural arts events during the school year for youth between 13-21 years old. Students between 19-21 years old serve as role-models in the program by being current college students.
Through these workshops & events, students will build their skills in reading, grammar, creative writing and freedom of expression through the cultural arts. One goal of the program is to publish an anthology collection of written works demonstrating the diverse backgrounds of teenagers. All profits from the book will be returned to the Barrio Writers program for future years. The long-term goal is to publish a new edition each year with hopes that more neighborhoods will adopt the program.
The writing workshops are designed to empower the youth community while establishing a self-sufficient educational program that will represent community pride, perseverance and endless possibilities for following generations. Mission Statement: Barrio Writers is a reading and writing program that aims to empower teens through creative writing, higher education and cultural arts.