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The mission of Write4Change is to create a community that fosters an open, safe environment for writers to share their creativity, passions, and support through writing.
Write4Change is an online community for youth to share, engage, and learn about issues they care about through writing, art, and all forms of creative expression. Begun in a collaboration between educators, researchers, and young people from around the world who wanted a curated, moderated place to write and imagine together with others with similar goals, Write4Change (W4C) is a place to share writing and interests, and voice ideas on how to make change. From interactive discussions, organizing and supporting movements around social issues, to conversations about personal change or however you may define change for you and/or your community, W4C offers a platform to get your opinions out into the world with a group of committed youth!
Research at Write4Change
The Write4Change group of moderators conducts research into the nuances of writing. From exploring social interactions in digital writing communities to analyzing the implications of identity on writing, our group of passionate researchers hopes to shed light on the evolving landscape of creative expression and its profound impact on individuals and society. Click below to learn more about how you can get involved.
Meet the Team
We are the Write4Change team, a group of passionate writers and researchers who strive to make a difference through the creative expression of words. Our team is comprised of high school, undergraduate, graduate, doctorate, and post-doctorate students.
Amy Stornaiuolo is a W4C moderator, writer, and researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. She loves reading and writing about dystopian worlds (not living in one) and dreaming about different futures (preferably near a beach).
Emmy Talian is a W4C moderator, doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania, former high school English teacher, and forever fan of all things pop culture. When she’s not reading and writing, she can be found on a new trail, walking her cavapoo Melon.
Rabani Garg is a W4C moderator, storyteller, and a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania. She loves playing with the camera and turning images into story shorts. Libraries, especially children’s libraries, are her favorite space!
Andrew Chen is a W4C moderator and research assistant at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an avid explorer of new experiences in life, but the classics hold a special place in his heart.
Keerthanya Rajesh (Keerthi) is a W4C moderator, research assistant, and master’s student at the University of Pennsylvania. Her favorite pastimes include getting into long-winded debates about fictional worlds, sending postcards to friends and family, and visiting dinosaur exhibits in natural history museums.
Ryujin is a W4C moderator, author, and undergraduate student at the University of Pennsylvania. They are a professional fandom collector and a lover of sugar, anything queer, and taking walks in nature.
Isabel Engel is a W4C moderator and research assistant at the University of Pennsylvania. A Communications and Political Science double major, Isabel is passionate about all things writing and media. She loves singing, music, and traveling.
Luiza Louback is a W4C moderator, writer, and undergraduate student at the University of Pennsylvania. In her free time, she enjoys listening to her grandma’s storytelling, reading classics and dancing to Brazilian music.
Sunny Ajitabh is a W4C moderator, writer, and a freshman at Rutgers University. When she’s not busy trying to figure out what her next steps for college are and procrastinating, her favorite activities include writing stories (mostly fanfiction), listening to music, reading fantasy and sci-fi books.
Andrew Yao is a W4C moderator, writer, and high school student at Conestoga High School. When he’s not reading or writing, he can be found conquering mathematical conundrums, fencing, and channeling his inner techno-wizard (which also comes with its fair share of bashing his head into a keyboard).
Opal Jawale is a W4C moderator, writer, and high school student at Conestoga High School. She can often be found binging a new story or spending time making art.
Katherine Emmanuel is a moderator, writer, and high school student at Conestoga High School. In her free time, she loves playing tennis, reading, and hanging out with her friends.
Ella Lucarelli is a W4C moderator, writer, and student at Conestoga High School. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, and coming up with creative new ideas. She loves spending time outside and being with animals.
Thank you, collaborators, partners, and team members for being an integral part of building up the Write4Change community over the years:
Jin Kyeong Jung
Emily Plummer Catena