About Young Writers Project

YWP is a Vermont 501(c)(3) nonprofit formed in 2006 that engages thousands of Vermont and NH students in grades 4-12 in a variety of writing projects, helps them improve and presents their best work online, in newspapers, on radio and stage and in our showcase digital magazine, The Voice: thevoice.youngwritersproject.org.

Strong writing skills are critical for students to engage fully in any learning exercise, succeed in college and the workplace, develop positive self-images, express themselves and engage fully in their communities.

YWP’s vision is to create generations of confident writers and engaged citizens. Our mission is to reach as many students as possible, particularly those from socially and economically challenged backgrounds.

For more: see ABOUT US on youngwritersproject.org

YWP has these programs:

  • youngwritersproject.org, a civil online teen writing community with 1900 active users from VT, NH and elsewhere in the world.
  •  PUBLICATIONS -- each week we publish students’ best work in 22 newspapers, on vtdigger.org and cowbird.com and on Vermont Public Radio. SOON: Vermont Public Television!


YWP derives most of its funding from ndividual donors, foundations and corporate sponsors, including Bay and Paul Foundations, Amy Tarrant Foundation, Windham Foundation and several family foundations that seek to remain anonymous.


Its founding sponsor in 2006 was the Vermont Business Roundtable, which continues to support this organization.


Since 2008, foundation funders have included Bay and Paul Foundations, Jane's Trust, A.D. Henderson, Birdseye, Windham, Oakland, Metz Family, Vermont Country Store and The Vermont Community foundations


Major corporate sponsors also include Burlington Telecom, Physician’s Computer Company, Northfield Savings Bank, National Life, Main Street Landing, Keurig/Green Mountain Coffee and KeyBank.