Raising Voices: Katie Eder of KAH
Previously we introduced the fantastic work at Kids Are Heroes. Over the course of this year, we will be periodically introducing you to the Heroes who make up this fantastic organization. Children are our future and they are doing great things already.
This week we introduce Katie Eder from Shorewood, Wisconsin.
Two years ago, when Katie Eder was in 8th grade, she started Kids Tales, a nonprofit that runs creative writing workshops for underserved kids ages 8 to 12. Katie has had the opportunity to participate in many creative writing classes, workshops, and camps. In middle school, she realized many kids don’t get those kinds of opportunities. They don’t have the materials, the space, or the encouragement to write.
Katie’s goal for Kids Tales is for kids whose families don’t have the resources for writing experiences outside of school to get the opportunity to write and the chance to find their voice. During a Kids Tales workshop, kids spend one week brainstorming, writing, and editing their own short story. At the end of the week, the stories are assembled in a collection and self-published as an anthology on Amazon.com. All the teachers in Kids Tales workshops are teenagers.
Kids Tales started out small in the summer of 2014 with two workshops in Milwaukee. After seeing how much the kids in Milwaukee loved the workshops, Kids Tales expanded for the summer of 2015 to Chicago and Washington, DC. Kids Tales, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, won the American Field Service (AFS) Project: Change, Vision in Action award and taught a Kids Tales workshop in Colombia, South America in June 2015. Katie was honored by the International Literacy Association in its inaugural 30 Under 30 list and was awarded the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Junior Eureka Award for creativity and innovation.
We love hearing all the wonderful things kids are doing and showcasing their voices, we are currently accepting submissions of poetry, short stories, essays and other original works from children up to 21 years old.
Until next time, scribe happy and raise voices!