We The Future:
Young Leaders of Social Change

Online Exhibit

Amanda Gorman
Uplifting Literacy

"Literacy is really the gateway to activating democracy. We become better activists, better engaged citizens; better community members when we can use language, knowledge, and education to communicate and actualize social change.”

Poster: Amanda Gorman by Kate Deciccio

Amanda (she/her) is a poet, community leader, and speaker from Los Angeles, California. At 19 she was named the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate in the U.S. after publishing her first collection of poetry in 2015.

When Amanda was 16, she started a community project called One Pen One Page, focused on literacy and youth activism. Now, she’s a senior at Harvard University and continues to advocate for literacy and education with the non-profit 826 National.

The Organization

In addition to her poetry readings and speaking engagements, Amanda is working with 826 National to launch an op-ed essay writing campaign. 826 National is the largest youth writing network in the country, supporting writing, publishing, and tutoring in eight major U.S. cities, serving nearly 34,000 under-resourced students ages 6-18 each year.

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