The Bureau of Fearless Ideas
Mission: The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas is a corps of youth and adults, staff and volunteers, families and local citizens who believe that the power of words, well-written and well-spoken, can open doors to important opportunities. Their tutoring, writing, and publishing programs prepare young people, ages 6 to 18, for a successful future by developing strong writing skills, championing diverse communication styles, and motivating young people to share their stories. Programs at each Fearless Ideas center reach into the surrounding neighborhood to involve adults and businesses in helping youth become engaged citizens and confident leaders. All programs are free and open to families from any socio-economic background.
Other Ways to Get Involved:
The Bureau of Fearless Ideas prides themselves on the wide variety of skills and experience in their volunteer pool. Most of their programs occur during weekday mornings and afternoons, so they are often looking for volunteers available during those times. However, they do have needs for all kinds of assistance including (but not limited to) carpenters, web-site gurus, and accordion players.
They offer tutoring, homework help and writing enrichment clubs throughout the school year. Trained volunteers, many of whom are professional writers, are there to help with individual writing projects and all kinds of homework including math, sciences, and foreign languages.
With the help of excellent teachers and gifted book-making professionals, they publish select student work created in the Bureau of Fearless Ideas workshops and during their publishing projects. See the ever-growing body of anthologies and other literature from their gifted young writers (and maybe pick one up).
Teachers can bring their classrooms to their writing lab to experience theatrical, fun writing. Working collaboratively, students create stories and each then produces an original ending to the story. All students go home with a published book and a sense of serious accomplishment.
Trained volunteers head to classrooms around King County to support teachers in their writing curricula. They help edit student work and guide research, making for more in-depth writing projects. They can enhance the final products by collecting work in chapbooks or assisting with publishing parties.
Their creative and expository writing workshops spark imaginations and teach writing fundamentals while appealing to the reluctant writer and the aspiring author. Autobiographical collages, food writing, and college entrance essays are just some of their offerings.