The Writing Center at California State University, Fullerton
For the second consecutive year, our youth program has collaborated with California State University, Fullerton’s Writing Center. Our partnership and collaboration developed an after-school literacy project called the LGBTQQ Youth Literacy Project, a series of interactive text-rich workshops, lessons, and discussions focused on the writing process. The project consists of graduate and undergraduate students trained in writing and collaborative tutoring strategies. These students mentor high school students to improve their writing composition and critical and creative thinking skills. We believe students benefit from learning environments in which they are seen as a whole person, and where their identities, experiences, abilities, and needs are taken into account and validated. Through participation in activities and discussion focused on writing agency, authority, and ownership, youth learn to use writing as a powerful tool to articulate their diverse identities and experiences that encompasses sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, race, ethnicity, community and culture.