FFL 2017 Benefit

FFL’s 6th Annual Fall Gala!

Thursday, October 26th, 2017, 6pm – 9:30pm

IAC Building Lobby, 555 W 18th St @West St.

 Join us as we honor New York Times bestselling author and two-time Bronx Loaf workshop leader Amy Ewing, National Book Award Nominee Ibi Zoboi, and author/Youtube sensation Karina Garcia


Join radio and TV host Bevy Smith as we present FFL Distinguished Service Awards to four New York City high school teachers for going above and beyond to promote writing in urban schools.










Hope to see you on October 26!

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October 26, 2017

Red Carpet | 6PM

Main Program | 6:30-9:30PM

IAC Building

Frank Gehry designed Ground Floor

555 W 18 Street, New York, NY 10011



For the past five years, the Foundation for Letters has been designing and delivering innovative, writing-intensive programs to students at multiple NYC high schools and middle schools. We offer unique and engaging, academic and enrichment programs, targeting our outreach to students in under-served urban neighborhoods and creating a clear value proposition for the schools that serve them.

In the past two academic years alone, FFL’s programs have reached hundreds of students from over 40 NYC schools. At this year’s gala, we will celebrate growth that has allowed us to reach over 60 schools. We will be raising funds to build a comprehensive technology platform that will enable TRUE ACCESS, our “virtual volunteer” program, to roll out citywide, connecting more students with more volunteers more efficiently, and supplementing in-person volunteer support.

By producing a scalable online model for providing volunteer writing support to students on demand, we hope to significantly expand the reach of our impact. We also hope to create new stakeholders in the fight to narrow the academic and opportunity gaps that socioeconomic differences help to create, moving us closer to our ambitious ultimate goal – to disrupt and improve how urban education is supported nationwide.

Check out highlights from last year’s event:

And from 2015:

For more information: 

Mike Jackson, Chief Executive Officer