As a board we’re in constant communication, our members at the forefront of every decision. With that, we’ve taken extra care this year in helping our members, beginners or advanced, in their publishing journey—including our Young Writers of Kern, students from sixth grade through high school.
The YWOK Essay Competition is Writers of Kern’s flagship community service project. The purpose of the competition is to promote critical thinking, writing, and research skills. Up to twenty awards of $150 (middle school) and $200 (high school) are given each year.
In addition, winning essays are published in an annual anthology (a publishing credit before the student graduates high school).
Ava, one of our budding young writers, has enlisted the help of her sisters and Kind Girls Make Strong Women volunteers to strengthen YWOK’s foundation. During the month of October KGMSW will donate all proceeds from their apparel sales and online donation drive.
For parents, students and teachers interested in joining/inviting writers to participate, click here or sign up for our newsletter here. You do not need to be a YWOK member to participate.
If you would like to join WOK/YWOK, all student memberships (18 and younger) are $10 a year and include meeting fees with membership.
If you’d like to donate via check, (Tax ID# 77-0383293) send to KCSOS, 1300 17th St, Bakersfield CA 93301 c/o Stephen L. Sanders. To purchase Kind Girls’ apparel or donate via credit card, click here.