Tuesday, October 6, 2009

1. Volunteers, Young Writers Needed for 2 After-School Programs

Join Us for Drop-In Writing help for kids:
After School Mondays in Fountain Square

Second Story is hosting a unique and free after-school program on Mondays this fall for students in the grades 3-6 located at the Wheeler Arts Community at 1035 Sanders St. in Fountain Square. Programming starts October 12 and runs through December 10, for a total of ten Mondays from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

The first half of each session will be dedicated help with writing or reading related homework. The second half will be set aside for creative writing games and writing prompts that are meant to be both accessible and fun for the students. Some of the work produced during this time will be published online and in a semester anthology. All young people in grades 3-6 from anywhere in the city are welcome to attend this free program. Parents will need to arrange for transportation for children participating in the program.

We are currently seeking 20-plus volunteers to help with this program. You don't have to be a professional writer or teacher to help (though writers and teachers are more than welcome!). We're looking for volunteers who are interested in creative expression and helping kids succeed. We'd also like volunteers to make a regular commitment to being there each week, but we could also use others who can fill in on occasion. You will receive training and support as a volunteer instructor.

For more information, reply to this email, visit http://www.secondstoryindy.org or contact Jim Walker (317) 408-1366.

Volunteer on Thursdays at MLK Center

Our second fall after-school program happens at the Martin Luther King Multi Service Center at 40 W. 40th Street by Tarkington Park. This program starts on October 29 and runs for seven weeks this fall. It is linked with existing programs at the center for kids from the neighborhood, so we are mainly seeking volunteers. Our programming will happen on Thursdays from 5-6:30 p.m. and will work in pretty much the same way described above. Please let us know if you'd like to participate.

2. Support Second Story at our Corporate Rock Off Fundraiser

Six bands featuring co-workers from Indianapolis companies and organizations will compete this coming Saturday, Oct. 10 to see who has the most mojo in Corporate Rock Off, a fundraising event for Second Story — a local nonprofit organization offering free writing workshops and tutoring for inner-city kids.

The bands in the event presented by Well Done Marketing include Vibe Dial, sponsored by rippleFX; The Raidiators sponsored by Raidious Digital Content Services; The Long Dong Bomb Poonan from Hong Kong sponsored by Bradley and Montgomery; Sea Krowns, sponsored by Big Car; Accordions, sponsored by Nogginwerk; and Indianapolis Monthly’s team, Misprintz, winners of this year’s local battle of the media bands.

Each band will play a 20-minute set in a one-round battle. Winners will be chosen through a combination of audience vote and selections by expert judges. The winning team will be announced that night and will conclude the event with an encore set. Teams or their sponsors chipped in $500 as a donation to Second Story, and 75-percent of ticket sales also go to the organization. As a prize, 25 percent of those proceeds go to the winning team's charity of choice in the name of their company. The winning band also gets an opening slot at this year's Tonic Ball.

Big thanks to board member Matt Mays for taking the lead on making this new and awesome event possible. And thanks to Radio Radio and all of the companies and organizations sponsoring teams. Thanks also to Well Done Marketing, HiDef Pictures and Mays Entertainment for their donations.

Also, we'll have Second Story t-shirts for adults available for purchase at the event!

Calendar Information

What: Corporate Rock Off
When: doors @ 7 p.m. music @ 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct.10
Where: Radio Radio, 1119 E. Prospect St.
Cost: $10, $5 with college ID. 21 and over.
Info: (317) 408-1366; www.secondstoryindy.org

3. Second Story Partners with Butler, IMCPL and IPS School No. 2

We're very excited to have just started last week with our first middle school program, working with all of the 7th graders at IPS School No. 2, Center for Inquiry on Fridays at Central Library. This partnership with Butler University and the Indianapolis-Marion County Library's Learning Curve brings graduate and undergraduate students from a for-credit course at Butler to the library to work in two-person teaching teams with workshops of five or six students. The class, taught by Second Story managing director Jim Walker, includes six very skilled, talented and creative students. The program will culminate in print and online materials and a public reading event in December the students and teachers. Thanks to everybody at Butler, IMCPL and CFI for helping make this exciting partnership possible.

Please visit our website http://www.secondstoryindy.org for more info or to make an online donation. And please forward this update to anybody you know who might be interested... Thanks!

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