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Expanding Empathy, One Book at a Time

In partnership with other nonprofits serving communities in need, we're building a catalog of books by unheard voices. In this time of heightened racial and cultural division, we need the empathy-expanding power of books now more than ever.

Dialogue is an instrument of peace. It's clear that feeling powerless or unheard can remove hope. It can be a recipe for cynicism, extremism, and anger. Our work actively combats marginalization by amplifying the voices that too often go unheard, providing a platform for leadership, connection, and understanding.

Here's how we're actively engaging in positive change:

We keep changing the story. We continue to counteract negative messages about people of color in the country with positive counter-narratives by teens of color. Our books take all forms-- children's stories, poetry collections, memoir collections, and novels--and reach all audiences, to open hearts and minds.

We amplify diverse voices. Our books act as much-needed windows into other perspectives. Our society is often all too segregated and silo-ed; we do not understand each other because we do not know each other. We are doubling down on efforts to amplify these voices as powerful tools of empathy.

We pass the megaphone. Along with our essential annual partners, we also actively seek NEW nonprofit partners that serve communities under increased assault. In 2017, we partnered with the Latin American Youth Center to produce a graphic memoir collection by Latinx youth immigrants (book release March 2018.) In 2018, we are working on a book project that provides a platform for Muslim youth in this country to speak for themselves. We are committed to building a diverse catalog of mission-driven books that empower, educate, and expand empathy.

Our work could not be more relevant, or more urgent, today. Your support spreads positive messages of inclusivity, connection, possibility, and hope. Thank you.

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