This year’s group of HPAC Scholars at Kenyon Young Writers program just completed an intense four weeks of writing– two weeks at Kenyon College and two weeks with us in the Bronx. As always, our Scholars had the time of their lives. Now that they have wrapped up, they will spend the next two weeks polishing their pieces for submission to The 6 Train literary magazine, and we are so excited to share their completed works with you soon!
We were able to send 5 students to Kenyon this year. Two Scholars were returning for the second time as part of the new Young Science Writers program. During their time there, they were social, made many friends that they stay in touch with today, participated in the Independence Day parade, and one of our students even volunteered for talent show! The common theme among their feedback was that they gained a lot more confidence in their writing and in themselves, which is truly something that will stay with them after Kenyon. At HPAC, the students focused their writing on an exploration of the theme of diversity. Field trips included a trip to three museums, including the Rubin Art Museum; a visit to Ellis Island; and a viewing of Classical Theater of Harlem’s free presentation of “Antigone.” For the fourth year, the Hunts Point session wrapped with an Author’s Dinner at an Ethiopian restaurant, where the girls spoke with published writers.
Here are some words from the student’s final emails and group photos as a reflection of how meaningful this program is for them:
“While on this trip I learned that I have a powerful presence in my writing and in my personality. I wasn’t very confident in my writing when I first started the Kenyon Young Writers Program. Now I feel like my writing pieces are good, and I know they are worth sharing and showing other people.” – Daya
“Overall, this Kenyon Young Writers experience was revolutionary and exciting because it truly changed my perspective on writing and especially my own writing, but it also helped me discover my inner voice.” – Funmilayo
“The Kenyon Young Writers program has been an amazing experience and allowed me to learn things about myself. Having my own strengths pointed out by others will make me more confident and help me in making decisions.” – Erykah
“My experience has been different from the last year. This year we got to hike and make observations about what I saw. I wrote poems about the sunset which I thought was a nice little challenge because I had to incorporate science into my pieces.” – Rosemond
“It was a very different experience than last year. Through this experience I have learned that I can do anything I put my mind to. That I’m smarter than I think…One thing I learned about my writing is that it can change, and doesn’t have to be poetry to be good. I learned that I can use science in my writing and it doesn’t make it boring.” – Iandra