Tim Whitaker’s Mighty Writers Program Empowers Philly Kids to Raise Their Voices

The Wynnewood resident and former editor of Philadelphia Weekly puts his writing experience to good use through a three-year old initiative that’s taking the city by storm.

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The recipe has attracted interest on the Main Line. Local PR consultant Tina Breslow was captivated by the Mighty Writers concept and contacted Whitaker, whose name she recognized from his byline. The owners of the Berwyn eatery, Nectar, happen to be Breslow’s clients, and they shared her enthusiasm. Sometime this summer, the restaurant will host a fundraiser with cocktails and a selection of hors d’oeuvres from Nectar’s award-winning chef, Patrick Feury.

Villanova-based psychotherapist Lyn Groome also embraces Mighty Writers. Her work as a reading specialist and a member of the community advisory board at the University of Pennsylvania’s Netter Center has shaped her interest in inner-city education. In that spirit, she’s been involved with Mighty Writers since its inception. “I’m a sounding board, an idea pitcher,” says Groome.

As for Whitaker, he’s still a part-time journalist, profiling sports figures for Philadelphia magazine. But most of his time is spent providing ways for kids to win in a different arena. Seems the old editor has recruited a new batch of writers.

To learn more about Mighty Writers, visit mightywriters.org.

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