Austin Bat Cave is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides children and teenagers (ages 6-18) with opportunities to develop their creative and expository writing skills. We connect a diverse population of young writers and learners with a vibrant community of adult volunteers in Austin. All of our programs are free.
In 2018-19, Austin Bat Cave will begin its Batmobile program, taking our programs and popping up in libraries, parks, and neighborhoods. The Austin Bat Cave school bus, decked out in our colors, will be outfitted with a mobile Book Bank and laptops for students.
"I've learned that it is not enough to simply provide opportunities for young writers-opening up our doors and hoping that students find their way to us. In a talk by Bryan Stevenson from the Equal Justice Initiative, he spoke about the need to get "proximate" to suffering and inequality in order to understand the nuanced experiences of those who are suffering. I couldn't agree more."
ABC Programming Director
Impact StatementAustin's public schools face a growing population and shrinking budgets. Hispanic and African-American students graduate high school at a far lower rate than the city average. Teachers often must focus on preparing students for state-mandated tests. ABC offers these students individualized attention rarely available in classrooms, along with writing programs that foster self-confidence, enable self-expression, develop students' unique voices, and improve future academic and career prospects.
Needs StatementAlthough 100% of our programs are free for the kids, they cost money to operate. With donations from you, our community, local businesses, and family foundations, ABC will continue these free writing workshops.
Austin Bat Cave has two full time staff members and then 100 active volunteers at any given time. Because of these amazing and qualified volunteers, we continue to thrive as an organization. We are always looking to add to that list for classroom help, development, research, and web upkeep.
never have imagined. Now that I'm in college I feel especially thankful for my Austin
Bat Cave experience, which taught me skills that translated into my academic writing
and make even my informative papers more engaging. The most important thing is for
kids to write and express themselves. The best stories are those that make us laugh
and cry, and the most memorable are the original ideas which make us stop and think,
or help us see the world in a new way, and therefore both types of writing are essential.
Austin Bat Cave understands that." -- Student
"The most important thing I learned was to keep having ideas about your story and never give up." -- Student
"Volunteering with ABC has given me so much experience planning, preparing, and executing lesson plans...The types of kids are so diverse, too, and it really makes one pause to see how radically different pieces of writing can come from the same prompt. Also, all of the adults are super cool! And watching the kids read from the anthology is heart warming." -- Volunteer
Head here to learn about our ongoing volunteer opportunities: http://austinbatcave.org/get-involved/volunteer-sign-up/