Increased leadership skills, advocacy and awareness, and representation


Hours of Literacy Instruction and Community Engagement


LCI Students


Written pieces


  • Number of books published: 7
    • Bull City YouthBuild:
      • See Unbroken Pieces Through the Shadows (2019)
      • Strong and Unbroken (2018)
      • Blueprints (2017)
    • Juntos NC:
      • The Voices of Our People: Nuestras Verdades (2019)
      • The Roots of Our People: From One World to Another — Juntos (2018)
    • CORRAL Riding Academy:
      • A Leg Up (2020)
      • Healing Starts with a Story (2021)
  • Number of genres: 12 different genres including vignettes, poetry, memoirs, essays, letters and essay letters, collaborative pieces, reflections, blackout poems, autoethnography and interviews, and spoken word poetry
    • Bull City YouthBuild: 6
      • See Unbroken Pieces Through the Shadows: poem, memoir, essay, letter
      • Strong and Unbroken: memoir, poem, essay, collective/collaborative piece
      • Blueprints: essay, reflection, poem, collaborative poem/piece
    • Juntos NC: 7
      • The Voices of Our People: Nuestras Verdades: blackout poem, autoethnography, letter essay, poem, interviews
      • The Roots of Our People: From One World to Another — Juntos: poetry, memoir, vignette, letters, essay
    • CORRAL Riding Academy: 8
      • A Leg Up: essay, interview, poem, blackout poems
      • Healing Starts with a Story: blackout poetry, flash fiction narratives, six word memoirs, letters, spoken word
  • Strengthened writing skills
  • Greater command of language
  • Increased confidence in writing
  • Number of student-written products: 375 and counting!


  • Number of students: 107 and counting!
  • Greater student engagement
  • Greater perceived emotional safety
  • Active social and emotional learning and self-compassion
  • Greater connection to peers
  • Improved relationships with program staff and teachers


  • Better understanding of peers
  • Strengthened advocacy skills
  • Greater understanding of community issues and challenges
  • Increased critical awareness
  • Greater confidence, self-esteem and self-determination
  • Strengthened speaking skills
  • Programmatic components:
    • Podcast with #PassTheMicYouth
    • Participation in Dessert with Democracy
  • 6 LCI instructors
    • 2 Ph.D. candidates
    • 1 M.A. student
    • 1 M.F.A. student
    • 2 BA students
  • Number of unique curriculum developed by LCI: 15
    • Bull City YouthBuild: 6
    • Juntos NC: 3
    • CORRAL Riding Academy: 3
    • Refugee Hope Partners: 2
    • Overarching Theme Guide: 1
  • Number of leadership and community engagement reading events: 13

Audience Testimonials

  • “This reading made me feel proud to be a Latino and to hear that there are students expressing their feelings and thoughts for society to hear.
  • “Keep writing. Keep working. Keep dreaming. I loved your writing and hope one day everyone will be able to read it. Juntos somos fuertes.”
  • “Literacy is a vital necessity for people to function as citizens in the world, locally and beyond.”
  • “Literacy is crucial to understanding, across the board, many different cultures and societal norms. This understanding brings clarity and coherence within a community.”
  • “I am impressed with their commitment to the project the bravery it took to share their stories. They were all so well-spoken and their stories were thought-provoking.”