K & 1st Grade: Food, Family, and Culture

Read and Write Kalamazoo 802 South Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI

Drawing on our personal histories, we’ll write about the foods that have a special place on our palates.  Whether they hold the keys to our hearts or we can’t be in the same room as them, we’ll get excited to 

Volunteer Orientation — November

Read and Write Kalamazoo 802 South Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI

Start a new chapter by volunteering with RAWK! Learn about what we do, how we do it, and exactly how we could use your skills.   Register Now

2nd & 3rd Grade: Science Fact and Fiction

Read and Write Kalamazoo 802 South Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI

Using properties of science taught at the 2nd & 3rd grade levels, we’ll write stories that explore scientific experiments, discoveries, advancements, opportunities, and mishaps. Register Now

Last Saturdays DROP-IN STUDIO

Read and Write Kalamazoo 802 South Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI

The Last Saturday of each month from 11am–2pm, Middle School & High School aged students are invited to Drop-In Studio time to work on writing projects and earn print credits to publish their work! Writing and ‘Zine Making supplies will 

Volunteer Orientation — December

Read and Write Kalamazoo 802 South Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI

Start a new chapter by volunteering with RAWK! Learn about what we do, how we do it, and exactly how we could use your skills. Register Now

4th & 5th Grade: Travel Photo Narratives

Read and Write Kalamazoo 802 South Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI

Students will first learn about the basics of digital and smartphone photography, visual storytelling, and travel writing, followed by a street photography excursion through the Vine neighborhood.  During the latter half of the workshop, students will choose a series of 

6th, 7th, & 8th Grade: Zine Workshop

Read and Write Kalamazoo 802 South Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI

Students will be introduced to the world of self-published fanzines motivated by the writers’ desire to share information, ideas, musings, etc. with a wider audience.  Whether it be political views, poetry and personal writing, food and music reviews, zines about 

Volunteer Orientation — February

Read and Write Kalamazoo 802 South Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI

Start a new chapter by volunteering with RAWK! Learn about what we do, how we do it, and exactly how you can use your skills to help celebrate and amplify youth voice. Register Now

Pre-K Thematic Workshop: Words and Images

Read and Write Kalamazoo 802 South Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI

A morning for our youngest RAWKstars to make their own word and picture books with the help of their parent/guardian. Together we’ll ask curious questions, create new worlds, and ponder big ideas. Registration Open Now!

Free

Last Saturdays Drop-In Studio LEAP DAY EDITION!

Read and Write Kalamazoo 802 South Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI

The Last Saturday of each month from 11am–2pm, Middle School & High School aged students are invited to Drop-In Studio time to work on writing projects and earn print credits to publish their work! Writing and ‘Zine Making supplies will 

Last Saturdays Drop-In Studio

Read and Write Kalamazoo 802 South Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI

The Last Saturday of each month from 11am–2pm, Middle School & High School aged students are invited to Drop-In Studio time to work on writing projects and earn print credits to publish their work! Writing and ‘Zine Making supplies will 

2nd & 3rd Grade Workshop: Time and Space Travel Food Reviews

Read and Write Kalamazoo 802 South Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI

Where in the Milky Way is the best cheese pizza?  Has the old dinosaur BBQ joint lost its charm since the Cretaceous period? Create a dining handbook for those eager foodies traveling throughout different histories, galaxies, and alternate dimensions. Registration 

Free

4th & 5th grade Writing Workshop: Dystopian Travelogues

Read and Write Kalamazoo 802 South Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI

Living the post-apocalyptic nomadic dream? Write about the places you’ve visited, the people you’ve met, and the cultures and traditions you’ve experienced during your travels across this eerie but familiar landscape. Registration Opens April 16th!

Free

Virtual Summer Writing Camp – High School

Virtual Summer Writing Camps are here! Each camper will meet virtually with the Camp leader and two assistants (summer interns) daily during one of three 40-minute group sessions. In addition, each camper will have a 20-minute individual session with one 

Virtual Summer Writing Camp – 4th & 5th Grade

Virtual Summer Writing Camps are here! Each camper will meet virtually with the Camp leader and two assistants (summer interns) daily during one of three 40-minute group sessions. In addition, each camper will have a 20-minute individual session with one 

Virtual Summer Writing Camp – 6th, 7th, & 8th Grade

Virtual Summer Writing Camps are here! Each camper will meet virtually with the Camp leader and two assistants (summer interns) daily during one of three 40-minute group sessions. In addition, each camper will have a 20-minute individual session with one 

Rootead Storytelling with Drum & Dance

Virtual - Zoom

Rootead will join RAWK for two special virtual workshops to explore and share the cultural storytelling methods of Traditional West African Drum & Dance! You’ll learn that sharing your story doesn’t have to just mean using your words, sometimes it 

Read And Write Nights

Virtual

The 3rd Wednesday of the month is now Read and Write Night! Join RAWK and volunteers for an evening of….well, reading and writing together. Youth in grades K–5 are invited to join volunteers from the Western Michigan University chapter of 

Read And Write Nights

Virtual - Zoom

The 3rd Wednesday of the month is now Read and Write Night! Join RAWK and volunteers for an evening of…well, reading and writing together. Youth in grades K–5 are invited to join volunteers from the Western Michigan University chapter of 

Read And Write Nights

Virtual - Google Meet

The 3rd Wednesday of the month is now Read and Write Night! Join RAWK and volunteers for an evening of….well, reading and writing together. Kalamazoo County youth in grades K–5 are invited to join volunteers from the Western Michigan University 

Virtual Volunteer TRAINING

Virtual - Zoom

Our Volunteer Trainings take an in-depth look at RAWK's values and how we apply them to our work with students. This training is required for Volunteers who work directly with students.   RSVP for your Volunteer Training here: Our Virtual 

Virtual Volunteer TRAINING

Virtual - Zoom

Our Volunteer Trainings take an in-depth look at RAWK's values and how we apply them to our work with students. This training is required for Volunteers who work directly with students.   RSVP for your Volunteer Training here: Our Virtual 

Read And Write Nights

Virtual - Google Meet

The 3rd Wednesday of the month is now Read and Write Night! Join RAWK and volunteers for an evening of….well, reading and writing together. Kalamazoo County youth in grades K–5 are invited to join volunteers from the Western Michigan University 

The Poet Speaks Workshop – Middle School

Virtual - Google Meet

RAWK has the privilege of virtually hosting Amanda Eke and her workshop– The Poet Speaks Saturday, January 23rd 10:00am–11:00am - Middle School aged students (9–13 years old) 1:00pm–2:00pm - High School aged students (14–19 years old) "The Poet Speaks" is 

The Poet Speaks Workshop – High School

Virtual - Google Meet

RAWK has the privilege of virtually hosting Amanda Eke and her workshop– The Poet Speaks Saturday, January 23rd 10:00am–11:00am - Middle School aged students (9–13 years old) 1:00pm–2:00pm - High School aged students (14–19 years old) "The Poet Speaks" is 

Read And Write Nights

Virtual - Google Meet

The 3rd Wednesday of the month is now Read and Write Night! Join RAWK and volunteers for an evening of….well, reading and writing together. Kalamazoo County youth in grades K–5 are invited to join volunteers from the Western Michigan University 

Middle School Dreaming Workshop – “For Everyone”

Virtual - Google Meet

As Jason Reynolds writes in For Everyone, "Dreams Aren't Reserved for the Creatives" RAWK invites Middle School aged students to join us for an exploration of this visually and verbally dynamic piece of writing from our National Ambassador of Youth 

Read And Write Nights

Virtual - Google Meet

The 3rd (and 4th!) Wednesday of the month is now Read and Write Night! Join RAWK and volunteers for an evening of….well, reading and writing together. Kalamazoo County youth in grades K–5 are invited to join volunteers from the Western 

Read And Write Nights

Virtual - Google Meet

The 3rd (and 4th!) Wednesday of the month is now Read and Write Night! Join RAWK and volunteers for an evening of….well, reading and writing together. Kalamazoo County youth in grades K–5 are invited to join volunteers from the Western 

Read And Write Nights

Virtual - Google Meet

The 3rd (and 4th) Wednesday of the month is now Read and Write Night! Join RAWK and volunteers for an evening of….well, reading and writing together. Kalamazoo County youth in grades K–5 are invited to join volunteers from the Western 

Elementary School Poetry Workshop – Odes: Poems of Praise

Virtual - Google Meet

Elementary school-aged students across Kalamazoo County are invited to join us for a Saturday morning of sharing our love, joy, and praise in the form of ODES! Students will learn more about this poetic form, read a book about the 

Read And Write Nights

Virtual - Google Meet

The 3rd (and 4th) Wednesday of the month is now Read and Write Night! Join RAWK and volunteers for an evening of….well, reading and writing together. Kalamazoo County youth in grades K–5 are invited to join volunteers from the Western 

High School “Our Voices Project” with Public Media Network

Virtual - Google Meet

Join RAWK and Public Media Network for this very special partnership. During the RAWK/PMN journalism Workshop, students will participate in the Our Voices Project to create a collage of youth stories. Students will receive training in journalism and interviewing basics 

RAWK Reads – RAWK The Block!

Read and Write Kalamazoo 802 South Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI

RAWK Reads is our annual celebration of our Summer Writers and the release of our Summer Anthology! We come together to hear these freshly published young writers read their words to their adoring fans and celebrate their accomplishments. This year 

Free

Read And Write Nights – October

Virtual - Google Meet

The 2nd Wednesday of the month is now Read and Write Night! Get a FREE BOOK and spend the evening reading and writing with us!

Our Natural Connections – 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade Workshop

Read and Write Kalamazoo 802 South Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI

In this writing workshop series youth will discuss and explore our relationships with the natural world.
In solidarity with the Kalamazoo Emergence Program Series initiated by Kalamazoo Nature Center

Read And Write Nights – November

Virtual - Google Meet

The 2nd Wednesday of the month is now Read and Write Night! Get a FREE BOOK and spend the evening reading and writing with us!

Youth Voices MLK Day Monologue Workshop Series

Virtual - Google Meet

We’re inviting Kalamazoo County youth in grades 4th–12th to join us for a 4-part workshop series to write, edit, polish, and perform their own monologues inspired by Martin Luther King Jr., our historical struggles for civil rights, and our community MLK Day theme, The time is always right to do what is right.

FREE

Our Natural Connections – K, 1st, & 2nd grade Workshop

Read and Write Kalamazoo 802 South Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI

In this writing workshop series youth will discuss and explore our relationships with the natural world.
In solidarity with the Kalamazoo Emergence Program Series initiated by Kalamazoo Nature Center

Art Hop at RAWK!

Read and Write Kalamazoo 802 South Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI

Don't miss Art Hop @ RAWK on December 3rd! We are honored to be joined by Denise Miller, artist, poet, playwright, community activist, and so much more! They will share their artwork throughout the evening, with a special performance at 

FREE

Our Natural Connections – 6th, 7th, & 8th grade Workshop

Read and Write Kalamazoo 802 South Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI

In this writing workshop series youth will discuss and explore our relationships with the natural world.
In solidarity with the Kalamazoo Emergence Program Series initiated by Kalamazoo Nature Center

Read And Write Nights – December

Virtual - Google Meet

The 2nd Wednesday of the month is now Read and Write Night! Get a FREE BOOK and spend the evening reading and writing with us!

Read And Write Nights – February

Virtual - Google Meet

The 2nd Wednesday of the month is now Read and Write Night! Get a FREE BOOK and spend the evening reading and writing with us!

Read And Write Nights – March

Virtual - Google Meet

Sign up now for Read and Write Night! Get a FREE BOOK and spend the evening reading and writing with us!

Read And Write Nights – April

Virtual - Google Meet

The 2nd Wednesday of the month is now Read and Write Night! Get a FREE BOOK and spend the evening reading and writing with us!

Read And Write Nights – May

Virtual - Google Meet

The 2nd Wednesday of the month is now Read and Write Night! Get a FREE BOOK and spend the evening reading and writing with us!

Volunteer Training: IN PERSON

Read and Write Kalamazoo 802 South Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI

RAWK offers Volunteer Training IN PERSON every first Saturday of the month, from 10:00AM–12:00PM. All in person trainings are located at our Literacy Center, 802 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49008. All volunteers must complete RAWK Volunteer Training before volunteering 

Youth Advisory Council Meeting

Read and Write Kalamazoo 802 South Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI

The RAWK Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a group of young people dedicated to guiding and advancing the RAWK mission by working directly with our Executive Director, Dr. Kandace Lavender on research and development projects, event planning, and more.

RAWK the KIA Everyone is a Member Day

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

You're invited to RAWK with us at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Everyone is a Member Day!

Volunteer Training: VIRTUAL

Virtual - Zoom

RAWK offers Volunteer Training VIRTUALLY every third Tuesday of the month, from 6:00PM–8:00PM (with the exception of September, when virtual training will take place on Tuesday, September 27). All virtual trainings take place on Zoom (link will be sent to trainees upon registration). 

Volunteer Training: IN PERSON

Read and Write Kalamazoo 802 South Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI

RAWK offers Volunteer Training IN PERSON every first Saturday of the month, from 10:00AM–12:00PM. All in person trainings are located at our Literacy Center, 802 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49008. All volunteers must complete RAWK Volunteer Training before volunteering 

Read And Write Nights – October

Virtual - Google Meet

The first Wednesday of the month is now Read and Write Night! Get a FREE BOOK and spend the evening reading and writing with us!

Youth Advisory Council Meeting

Read and Write Kalamazoo 802 South Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI

The RAWK Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a group of young people dedicated to guiding and advancing the RAWK mission by working directly with our Executive Director, Dr. Kandace Lavender on research and development projects, event planning, and more.

Volunteer Training: VIRTUAL

Virtual - Zoom

RAWK offers Volunteer Training VIRTUALLY every third Tuesday of the month, from 6:00PM–8:00PM (with the exception of September, when virtual training will take place on Tuesday, September 27). All virtual trainings take place on Zoom (link will be sent to trainees upon registration). 

Youth Voices Monologue Workshop Series

Virtual - Google Meet

Kalamazoo County youth in grades 4th–12th are invited to join us for a virtual workshop series inspired by Martin Luther King Jr., our historical struggles for civil rights, and the powerful tradition of oral storytelling.

Unmasking Masculinity with the KIA

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Read And Write Kalamazoo and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA) invite middle school and high school aged students to explore what the Unmasking Masculinity exhibition means to you!

Read And Write Nights – November

Virtual - Google Meet

The first Wednesday of the month is now Read and Write Night! Get a FREE BOOK and spend the evening reading and writing with us!

Volunteer Training: IN PERSON

Read and Write Kalamazoo 802 South Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI

RAWK offers Volunteer Training IN PERSON every first Saturday of the month, from 10:00AM–12:00PM. All in person trainings are located at our Literacy Center, 802 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49008. All volunteers must complete RAWK Volunteer Training before volunteering 

Youth Advisory Council Meeting

Read and Write Kalamazoo 802 South Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI

The RAWK Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a group of young people dedicated to guiding and advancing the RAWK mission by working directly with our Executive Director, Dr. Kandace Lavender on research and development projects, event planning, and more.

Volunteer Training: VIRTUAL

Virtual - Zoom

RAWK offers Volunteer Training VIRTUALLY every third Tuesday of the month, from 6:00PM–8:00PM (with the exception of September, when virtual training will take place on Tuesday, September 27). All virtual trainings take place on Zoom (link will be sent to trainees upon registration).