Best savior of the printed word - 2007
Imagine what a nightmare it would be if we lived in a world where children learned to wrt lk ths, no one read newspapers, and adults patted themselves on the back for making it through a 759-page children's book about a boy wizard. Oh, wait—we already do. Hoping to prevent the further downhill slide of the printed word, 826NYC, a nonprofit writing lab and tutoring center for students ages six to 18, has been hard at work since 2004 trying to lure young people away from digital distractions (even if only for a few hours) via in-school writing programs and free evening and weekend workshops like "Lit Mag Boot Camp" and "Write a Book in Just 3 Hours." Modeled after the center founded by Dave Eggers in San Francisco, 826NYC is always in need of reliable volunteers, especially those who are available to tutor on weekday mornings and afternoons.