Thematic Workshops are monthly 2-3 hour long weekend sessions on various exciting themes throughout the year for PreK through High School students. We often partner up with other organizations, makers, teachers, crafters, etc. to offer even more workshop opportunities. We've been on hikes at the Nature Center and trips to NOVA VR to explore worlds through technology. Workshops always explore both reading and writing to connect to the full scope of literacy. These programs are held onsite at RAWK’s Literacy Center so that all youth of Kalamazoo County can come together to share stories, meet new friends, and help support each other in using their words.
Are you an experienced teaching artist with a great idea for a project-based workshop that you'd like to lead with RAWK? Check out our Workshop Proposal Form!
RAWK’s Youth Leaders aim to amplify the voices of Kalamazoo’s youth and integrate their unique perspectives into RAWK’s programs, projects, and events to create a more fun, impactful, and deep learning environment where everyone can share their stories.
High school aged youth are encouraged to develop their skills as a leader, help develop RAWK programs, collaborate with youth to write and design books and magazines, and more. They are also eligible to apply for a mentorship position in the summer where they will receive a stipend for their participation in their own week-long camp and then also as they serve as a mentor for one of our younger summer writing camps.
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Partnering with schools is one of the most essential aspects of our service. Since students can't always come to us, we come to them. In collaboration with teachers and administrators, we design programs that complement classroom learning, offsetting the challenges of large class sizes and inadequate resources.
Every student has different needs, and offering more positive adult interaction and academic support helps to create equitable access to opportunity. Current in-school programming includes:
RAWK Readers' Room (RWR) — In partnership with Kalamazoo Public Schools, RRR offers support for classroom teachers by providing a RAWK staff member overseeing a team of volunteers giving students supplemental one-on-one and small group time during the school day. In addition, RRR allows teachers to split larger classes into multiple teams in order to alleviate some of the stresses caused by large class sizes. The RRR team supports in-class curriculum, provides tutoring, reading, and inspiration, while students enjoy more of their classroom teacher's individualized attention. This small-group, project-based learning encourages voice, improves basic skills, and creates opportunities for the development of meaningful intergenerational relationships. There is currently a RRR in Lincoln School for International Studies.
Your name in lights — that's pretty exciting. But your words printed in a book? That's the absolute best! Nothing validates and celebrates young voices more than providing opportunities for them to publish their work. As working together to create something is at the core of what we do, many of our camps, programs, and workshops culminate in a published piece, be it a magazine, a bound anthology, or a self-published zine.
We are just one of many organizations in Kalamazoo bringing this dynamic community around our youth to lift their voices up and out. Collaboration is essential to building relationships and fostering channels of communication, so we seek to partner with other groups and programs in order to connect with more volunteers and serve more students and families.
Through developing curriculum, combining resources, and designing collective programs, we've worked with so many vibrant partners currently and over the years, including: