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Community Literacy Center: SpeakOut!

Community of Writers

Two core principles center the CSU Community Literacy Center’s SpeakOut! writing program with underserved teens and adults: To tell one’s story is a human right, and creative literacy skills are vital to fostering active, productive, and happy citizens.

Through student and community volunteers, weekly, on-site and virtual workshops in the Fort Collins and Greeley communities encourage participants to recognize the power and value of their life experiences through written and visual storytelling, peer feedback, and opportunities to publish in the biannual journal. As writers’ words circulate, our reach widens, and the poems, stories, drawings, lyrics and collaborations work to undo pervasive stereotypes about the civic value of individuals who have experienced incarceration, homelessness, trauma, and cycles of addiction.