The Foundation for Letters does not believe that it is “too late” once a student has reached high school with a pre-existing college readiness deficit. FFL is working to close that gap by providing opportunities for urban high school students to write, which would not be available to them without access to otherwise unreachable resources.

Our Strategy is focused on immersing students in the written and spoken word. We believe that increased fluency can lead to improved academic performance, increased college readiness, and better global citizenship. FFL raises private funds, creates partnerships and manages a growing volunteer network that helps design and implement programs that focus urban high school students on writing more, writing better, and expressing themselves. By focusing our resources where they are needed most, FFL works to close this gap in high school educational achievement.

FFL works with a broad network of experienced writers, educators, literary professionals and other committed volunteers, all of whom earn a living using words. Our individual, corporate, and not-for-profit partners share our literacy-based educational vision or our belief in the value an external support network can bring to an urban school.

Promoting Writing Engagement

Environments that emphasize the value of the written word help provide students with a path to improved literacy.  FFL fosters these environments by supporting a variety of writing programs, ranging from poetry to fiction, essays, journalism as well as spoken word and other genres.

Increasing College Readiness

Increased fluency with the word bears a close connection to success in high school, college, and beyond. FFL supports programs that introduce students at an early age to the critical importance of a college education. These programs help provide a path to attending and succeeding in college, and help better position urban students for educational and professional success.

Improving Global Citizenship

Students in underserved urban neighborhoods who are consistently exposed to the world beyond their present circumstances develop a thirst for further education and intellectual engagement that makes pursuing a college education attractive. FFL supports programs that use engagement with writing as a tool for improved global understanding. These programs are also designed to give the students a sense of belonging in today’s global community.