In his new role as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Jason Reynolds will connect directly with young people online during the coronavirus pandemic, in collaboration with the Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader. On April 14, Reynolds debuted his first initiative in support of his platform GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story—including a monthly newsletter for parents and educators focused on relevant topics of the day and a biweekly video series intended to inspire creativity in young people, titled “Write. Right. Rite.” Both will be hosted on Reynolds’ GRAB THE MIC Resource Guide at guides.loc.gov/jason-reynolds/grab-the-mic.
In each “Write. Right. Rite.” video episode, Reynolds will address young people directly and provide helpful ways to express creativity through various prompts and activities. Videos will be posted twice a week (Tuesday and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. EST) through April and May 2020, with more videos to be posted throughout the summer. Viewers are encouraged to share their projects on social media using the hashtags (#WriteRightRite and #tellyourstorywithjason).
“Due to the current changes in our way of life, my approach as Ambassador has had to change, too,” Reynolds said. “My role and goal is to get young people to express themselves and see value in their own narratives, and since I can’t, at the moment, physically come to them, I’ve created the ‘Write. Right. Rite.’ video series—short clips that offer fun and engaging prompts to help spark young people’s imaginations, which in turn will spark their expression.”
Starting April 14, GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story newsletters and videos can be found here:
GRAB THE MIC newsletter: https://guides.loc.gov/jason-reynolds/grab-the-mic/newsletter
Write. Right. Rite.” video series: https://guides.loc.gov/jason-reynolds/grab-the-mic/wrr