Illuminating Youth Voice. Building Community.

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City Lights Writing Collaborative uses writing as a platform for creative youth development, critical thinking, and civic engagement.

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Community-Based Writing Projects

Stage Stories and Narrative Crossings are collaborative writing projects that connect local middle, high school, and college students. Participants work together to craft and share their stories with the community.


To engender empathy and create a world using only words is the closest thing we have to magic.

— Lin-Manual Miranda


Writing Workshops

One-on-one support for college essays and academic writing.

Narrative Crossings: Exploring Identity and Voice with Local Youth