Share the Love: YPG Cares Shows “Story Love” to NYC

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Do you remember the person in your life who inspired your love of reading and writing? Maybe it was a parent, or an older sibling, or a teacher. On Thursday, November 3, 2011, roughly twenty YPG Cares members from 9 AAP member houses gathered at the Drama Book Shop (at 250 W. 40th Street in Manhattan) to participate in the group’s third Story Love session with the Story Pirates—a group founded with the goal of awakening that very creativity in children throughout the country.

As part of Story Love, and tied into the AAP mission to promote reading and literacy, YPG Cares volunteers provide positive feedback on short stories penned by schoolchildren of various ages from around New York City. The Story Pirates (, an arts and creative writing organization founded in 2003, promotes literacy at the schools they visit through this “story love,” as well as by the improvisational performances they do based on a select few of the young writers’ pieces.

Since Halloween had just passed, many of the students’ stories focused on the Day of the Dead and other spooky themes, which made for engrossing reads (and some entertaining illustrations)! Comments from Young to Pub members focused on praising specific details of the authors’ stories, identifying elements of the story the reader would be interested in reading about further, and encouraging the young writers to keep honing their creative skills. Check out some photos from the event below:

If you’re interested in participating in a future YPG Cares event—from our continuing partnership with the Story Pirates to our volunteer work with other literacy non-profits—email Becca at

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