Nineteen aspiring writers from Yonkers high schools—along with their teachers—will be recognized for their participation in a program that fosters writing about diversity, conflict resolution and global issues, at a November 17th ceremony at 7 p.m. in the Donnelley Lecture Hall at Sarah Lawrence College. The students won scholarships to a high school writers workshop at the College in July.
The program, the Youth Mentoring Initiative for International Understanding, is a collaboration of Sarah Lawrence College’s graduate writing program, the Yonkers Public Schools and the Greater New York Chapter of the Fulbright Association. The November ceremony, which takes place during International Education Week, will recognize Yonkers students and their teachers from the school district’s five high schools and Sacred Heart High School. Some of the students will read writing they completed during the workshop.
A special leadership award will be given to Bernard Pierorazio, Interim Superintendent of the Yonkers Public Schools. The keynote speaker is Alice Stone Ilchman, Director of the Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship Program and President Emerita of Sarah Lawrence College.
In July, the scholarship winners joined 50 other students from the tri-state area for five intensive days of writing and theatre workshops led by prose writers, poets and theatre artists. In keeping with the Sarah Lawrence tradition of one-to-one interaction between students and teachers, students met individually with workshop leaders throughout the week.
The Greater New York Chapter of the Fulbright Association, which provided the scholarships, is a chapter of a national membership organization of students, teachers and scholars who have participated in the Fulbright Program, an international educational exchange program dedicated to promoting international cooperation.
Yonkers Public Schools teachers chose the scholarship winners based on a writing competition that focused on themes of diversity, conflict resolution and global issues—topics that resonate with the Fulbright Association’s international concerns.