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The brainchild of bestselling author Solomon Jones, Words On The Street is a literacy program for at-risk students that brings the resources of educational, corporate and media entities to bear while harnessing the power of the people who matter most – parents. Research indicates that parental involvement remains a strong predictor of educational success, but parents can’t do it alone, so we’ve assembled a dynamic team to help.

Partners in the Words on the Street program include the BME Challenge, Verizon, Art Sanctuary, Clear Channel Radio, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Minotaur Books, and Parent University.

Clear Channel News & Public Affairs Director Loraine Ballard Morrill (left) after interviewing Words on the Street winners (from left to right) Anibal Velez, Brittany Spicer, Ahkeel Timothy, and Chaya Cleveland. Solomon Jones is at right.

Words on the Street, which was implemented in six high schools last year, is based on lesson plans Solomon Jones developed while an adjunct professor at Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts. Centered on Jones’s sixth novel, The Last Confession (St. Martin’s Press, 2010), Words on the Street employs culturally relevant themes to teach professional writing techniques to participants. Using both interactive and individual activities, Words on the Street will: improve academic literacy by helping students to exercise and advance their critical thinking and writing skills; provide students with the tools to improve performance on writing assignments and standardized reading tests, and; equip students with the information necessary to fulfill their own aspirations as writers.

The best stories produced by each school are published, the winning students are interviwed by our media partners, and the school whose reading scores are most improved appears in Solomon Jones’s next novel.

In addition, parents from participating schools receive free writing workshops based on the lesson plans from Words on the Street.