Updated: Mar 5, 2020
We're so excited to welcome our 2020 Writing Mentors to the Young Authors Publishing Family! Writing Mentors are a vital part of making our mission a reality. They are not tutors, nor are they solely a mentor. Writing mentors are responsible for helping bring the stories out of children and into published books that will break the cycle of poverty. Read below for a closer look at our Writing Mentors and their goals for the year!
Kwand Lang Jr.
Theme Song: The Way Life Goes
Favorite Book: The Hunger Games
Future Career: Teacher, Education Policy
Fun Fact: I'm from Philadelphia!
What I'm looking forward to: "I'm working to help bridge the literacy gap between black/brown children and whites."
Theme Song: DJango Jane
Favorite Book: Black Love Mixtape
Future Career: Elementary Teacher
Fun Fact: I lived in Japan for 5 years.
What I'm looking forward to: "I am looking forward to working with the kids and getting to witness the students through an amazing experience."
Theme Song: Closer - Goaple
Favorite Book: Helium by Rudy Francisco
Future Career: Teacher
Fun Fact: I can recite Maya Angelou's "A Rock, A River, A Tree"
What I'm looking forward to: "learning more about my leadership style"
Theme Song: Focus
Favorite Book: Of Mice and Men
Future Career: Early Childhood Educator
Fun Fact: I own 2 turtles
What I'm looking forward to: "working with children and helping them become better writers and expressing themselves"
Theme Song: Breakdown by J. Cole
Favorite Book: The Hate You Give
Future Career: 1-3 Grade Teacher
Fun Fact: I am obsessed with Orcas.
What I'm looking forward to: "working with kids and helping them create something that I know they will cherish forever"