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ReWritten exists to bring real change into the lives of young men and women facing the challenges of single-parent homes, financial hardships, and unstable social environments.

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Our TESTIMONIALS

“I didn’t like reading chapter books when I first started coming to ReWritten because they were hard to read. Now I can read chapter books higher than my grade level.”

Jade
Jade, 9 years old

“I used to think I didn’t have a lot to offer but I’m learning that’s not true.”

Darrius
Darrius, 14 years old

“I like writing stories because it helps me understand things. I learn something new every week when I write a story at the learning center.”

Suraya
Suraya, 12 years old

“The way I see it, each one of us has our own destiny to fulfill and sometimes the changes we need to make to get there are right in front of us. ReWritten is helping me to see the things that are right in front of me.”

Tylin
Tylin, 16 years old

“ReWritten expands our way of thinking. Through being a part of ReWritten you rewrite your future; it changed mine.”

Jason
Jason , 21 years old

“I like to learn and I’m pretty smart and at ReWritten they are helping me get smarter. I have a 96 NPR in language arts, they told me that means I’m really smart.”

Laquan
Laquan, 8 years old

“Just because you made a bad decision doesn’t mean your life is over. You have your whole life ahead of you to change and when you have people like the people at ReWritten in your corner it feels easy to try again.”

Kesean
Kesean, 17 years old

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Number Sense

October 19, 2017
by Team Member Vanessa Perez Common Core math asks you to understand numbers for all that they are and not just as problems. The idea is to see the big picture, the picture that tells the whole story. ReWritten’s participants are in the thick of learning exactly that, and they are eager… sometimes. Sometimes, they are tired and unmotivated. Sometimes, they believe they are not the fortunate ones or don’t quite have what it takes to succeed. That’s when tutors have to take another approach, and participants are reminded that they are often their greatest adversaries, and it is their choice to seek to understand the whole story. They can take ownership and overcome the odds or succumb to them. What’s in an exponent? It’s the same thing as multiplying, right? Like, if it says, 1.002548, it’s the same thing as 1.0025×48, right?  Darrius is a freshman in high school and is beginning to learn about the power of compounding interest. The assignment: set up the exponential equation to calculate compound-interest using this formula. We know that’s an intimidating formula, but it’s really just a fancy way to say, “how much will my money grow?”. After several failed attempts, Darrius took a deep breath, sharpened his pencil, and got ready to figure out just how different the expressions, 1.002548 and 1.0025×48, really are. There’s one very important life lesson that parallels his math lesson: small and large deposits, made every day, can change the legacy of his life and the lives of those who will come after hi.  The small and seemingly insignificant deposits, like being respectful when instructed to do something, and immediately taking responsibility for choices, are deposits that can compound exponentially in the life of this young man growing up with exceptional trials and struggles. Darrius and others are learning that daily efforts and attention paid to their education, their community, and their own lives are the necessary deposits that will have a compounding impact on their lives forever. It’s usually not easy or fun, but sharing the daily and weekly victories have become common around here, and we’re more than okay with that. Team members and volunteers are tirelessly working to ensure that our young people are being equipped with the tools needed to recognize their opportunities for a different life as not just available for someone else but for themselves. That’s the bigger picture we hope for them to see. It’s not just about math, but about life.

Mark Your Calendars

October 1, 2017
For nearly 5 years now, ReWritten has been transforming the lives of young people who are living in compromised conditions. Single-parent homes, financial hardship and unstable social environments are just a few of the conditions plaguing our young people. Because of this, ReWritten works to ensure its programs provide much needed relief from the day-to-day struggles our young people are facing. Our annual gala plays an important role in the financial support of our impactful programs and services offered year round. To date, the last 3 galas combined have raised over $150,000 towards rewriting the futures of hundreds of young people. We are extremely grateful and honored by the generosity of our supporters, volunteers, and guests each year who help to make the evening a great success! We hope you will mark your calendars and join us at our 5th Annual Gala this December. With your support, we can continue to make a real difference in the lives of children and their families at a time when they need it most. On behalf of the children and families we serve, we thank you for your support and hope you will join our efforts for this exciting and inspiring evening! Ticket details coming soon.  2017 GALA SPONSORSHIP INFO  Our gala sponsors play a key role every year ensuring the success and quality of our event. Below are details of our gala sponsorship opportunities available for our 5th Annual Gala. To become a sponsor or for more info about our sponsorship opportunities, you can contact us at 909.645.6189 or by email at info@rewritten.org.

Telling the Whole Story

September 13, 2017
Staff Writer, Stacy LaPointe Once upon a time, maybe even yesterday, we read or saw a story. In fact, we’ve experienced many stories, both true and fictional. They’re intrinsic parts of our lives. Sometimes a story resonates with us as valuable, interesting, or simply real. In other cases, a story is not well developed or leaves us feeling like there should’ve been more.  Then again, a story may be completely life changing and inspiring. Hearing a story is, obviously, much easier than creating it. Still, we’re all creating stories with our lives each day even though we may not think about that often. Students at Rewritten participate in a program called Script which is time set aside to create stories. Why is thisimportant when they have so many other pressing needs? We believe that fashioning stories helps them, or anyone, to envision how things can happen or unfold for a character. If we read stories, we experience the development of the characters’ lives and live vicariously through them for a time. If we write stories, we can control how that plot progresses and how it ends. One is not better than the other, but they’re different. In Script, the students get to have control over all parts of their stories—the characters, settings, beginnings, middles, and ends. The kids can take the stories wherever they choose. We like to think, and we hope, they’ll transfer some of what they’ve learned to their own lives. They can begin to see that they have choices and can control parts of their own stories. The beginnings were already written for them, but the middles and the ends are still in progress. Our lives don’t have to simply happen to us; we can make choices that affect how they happen. Maybe it’s a little bit idealistic of us, but we’re like that. There are plenty of practical, nuts and bolts that we cover here at Rewritten with our kids. However, we also think there’s room for inspiration and dreaming. Creating a work of art gives them, all of us, a taste of being in control of something not yet, something potentially beautiful, and certainly something original. Our stories are not yet finished, and we want our students to see that their stories can take so many interesting turns if they manage to focus, draw inspiration from others’ stories, listen to their own inner voice, and keep moving forward. It works in stories, and it works in life. We can’t control the beginnings, but we can work on creating solid middles and endings. Maybe someday their stories, all of our stories, will inspire others. The end.  

ReWritten — Legacy

August 16, 2017
Staff Writer, Stacy LaPointe Have you considered what you would like your personal legacy to be like?  It’s not something many of us consider seriously. Still, we all create one each day, little by little, whether we realize it or not; it’s not optional.  Perhaps one’s desired legacy is related to one’s family, accomplishments, or business. Maybe it’s one’s ideas, art, or influence in society. It may be about how we have helped others in small and large ways. There are so many ways to impact the future both positively and negatively. We tend to think of our legacy as something that happens after we die, but the truth is that we’re building it every day in small ways. The things we do each day are what ultimately form our lasting legacy in the lives of our family, friends, or society. At Rewritten, we encourage our students to think and plan for the legacy they want to leave and to think about what they do daily as adding to it. They, we, can’t choose what was handed to us, but we can try to choose what to pass along to the future. Since so many of these kids are living out the negative legacies of hurt, abandonment, broken homes, abuse, and addictions, it’s sometimes very difficult for them to see that they can play a gigantic role in revising the way those legacies continue on for themselves and for their futures.  Realizing they affect their influence every day can help them to see that it’s really possible to make the positive changes that lead to something better. One way we think about legacy is by thinking about lasting impacts others have had on us already, and how we can continue what they’ve started for and in us. Today’s a day that reminds us of what one particular person did to help create a positive legacy here. It was one year ago today when we lost a beloved legacy maker to cancer—Tami von Helf, one of our first board members. In the early days of Rewritten, even after she knew her cancer had returned, Tami showed up in so many ways for our students, and her life continues to affect their lives and our team.  Tami gave so much of her heart, time, and intelligence to our students at the center, on field trips, and often, at her home. She took kids to the Getty Museum; taught math and art classes; had game nights at her house; mentored girls; provided books, food, supplies, and costumes; had parties for kids at her house; hosted holiday and tea parties; painted rooms at the center; helped to plant a learning center garden; and generally loved on the kids. She wanted to leave a positive legacy herself and to help the kids see that they were valuable and able to affect change for the future too. She felt the same way about her family, and in both cases, she tried to work on that legacy

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