Blending Arts, Education & Community
Since 2009 under the guidance of Dr. Tamika Sanders, Savvy Pen has been working with youth and community organizations such as the Legacy Initiative, United Way Valley of the Sun, Boys & Girls Club, Hope’s Crossing, City of Phoenix Parks & Recreation, and Communities in Schools in the areas teaching, training, and program development.
Our passion is education. We believe in providing humanistic education that integrates critical thinking, learner-centered curriculum, project-based assessments, and diversity. Humanistic principles encourage students to be creative and curious about the world around them. Project-based learning allows students to learn topics and create projects that demonstrate what they have learned. Teaching in this way enables students to internalize knowledge by making it applicable to their lives.
We have developed community programs such as a creative writing course for aspiring authors called Discovering Your Voice, a goal setting and career planning workshop called Career Launch, and an annual Black History Celebration event for the community that provides workshops, student showcases, and opportunities for youth to engage with prominent African American leaders. Savvy Pen also sponsors an annual MLK Creative Writing Contest for students in grades 4-8. These programs have been sponsored by organizations like the Boys & Girls Club, City of Phoenix, United Way, the Phoenix Union High School District, the Balsz School District, and Arizona Humanities.
When it comes to educational programs, you have the option of working with Savvy Pen to develop an original program to fit your schools needs or selecting a program from our list. Additionally, we offer:
- Writing Workshops
- Career Workshops/Mock Interviews
- Career Day Speakers
- Fundraising and Special Events
- Presentations on: Time Management, Bullying, Diversity, Self-Esteem, or Mapping Your Future
Professional development is available on a variety of topics ranging from Sexual Harassment to being a Confident Communicator or Dealing with Burnout. Trainings and Workshops range from 1 to 4 hours and can be adjusted as needed.Savvy-Pen-Brochure