Rescue Writing is a project of the Youth Empowerment Alliance, Inc. (YEA), a global child advocacy organization, established in 1999.
YEA was founded by Sherry Sacino after her company, Athletes News Service, was acquired by ESPN/ Walt Disney Company in 1998. Unique in its structure, YEA has always been sustainable by offering global programs for children to express themselves through mainstream and social media. YEA has worked with all major child-serving organizations in the world to train young writers and distribute their stories; and maintains the coveted consultative status with the United Nations. Sacino, a child rights lawyer, is the author of five books and also the founder of Youth OUTLOUD!, a global news service offering teens a voice in their world through mainstream media.
Rescue Writing has partnered with the leading photobook software developer in the world to create classroom STORYBOOKS so school children can learn the value of the written word at an early age. Every child has a story, and the earlier they learn the value of this story, the sooner they become rooted in their world and see themselves as contributors.
Rescue Writing offers teachers all the necessary tools to teach children how to compose stories – free of charge.
Individual stories and photos are uploaded into template pages, which are then published into a classroom book collection with all the students’ stories. The teacher receives one free copy of the book and shares a link for friends and family to purchase the book. A portion of the profits from the sale of the book is retained in that classroom for that teacher to continue the program for free for another term. A classroom is sponsored for only $99 the first cycle, and the sponsor’s logo appears on the book for up to five additional terms. (Parents can also buy this for home schooling or creative use.)
Classroom books are paid for by corporate or neighborhood sponsors – not by teachers.