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"Write for Your Life" Promotes Teen Literacy, Well-Being

By: NWP Staff
Publication: The Voice, Vol. 1, No. 2
Date: Fall 1996

Summary: Ten NWP sites are involved with this program, which empowers children to create healthier futures for themselves by making their health the focus of their study.


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The program invites students to become researchers of their own and one another's lives—to invest in study that is not merely academic. Write for Your Life teachers want students to turn their attention to what is really on their minds rather than, as Swenson puts it, "the USA Today list of youth concerns. Students begin by writing about the local and particular rather than the general and abstract. "We want to get students beyond brainstorming lists of problems others have named for them which may not be relevant in their particular communities," Swenson says.

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