Save the Young Author's Conference

$2,725 of $30k goal

Raised by 39 people in 11 months
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Dr. Christina Podraza  HANOVER PARK, IL
The Illinois Young Author's Conference is a 43 year old conference for kindergarten through 8th grade students across the state of Illinois.  This wonderful conference, where students get to spend the day living out their dreams of meeting  and learning the craft from published authors, is a once in a lifetime experience.  In fact, many particpants in Young Author's have gone on to become published authors themselves.  At this event student writing is celebrated and honored in its purest form.  Unfortunately, due to state funding budget cuts we no longer have enough money to run the conference for next year, meaning that 2017 will be the last year of the conference.   It would be a devastating loss to the children of the state of Illinois who love writing and dream of becoming real authors one day.   We need to raise at least $30,000 to make this conference possible for next year to pay for the expense of facilities rental and author honorariums.  As educators and advocates for literacy, we would be eternally grateful for any amount of money you could donate to keep this opportunity for the young writers of Illinois.
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Posted by Dr. Christina Podraza
6 months ago
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We're less than a month away from the guidelines being posted and are short over $20,000 to run the conference. Please consider donating if you have not already.
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Update 1
Posted by Dr. Christina Podraza
11 months ago
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We're up to $1675 in just one week! Let's keep it going! Thank you so much to all who have donated so far!
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$2,725 of $30k goal

Raised by 39 people in 11 months
Created May 13, 2016
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Dr. Christina Podraza  
$50
Anonymous
1 month ago
$100
Anonymous
2 months ago
$50
Anonymous
4 months ago
AV
$100
Abbey Vavrik
5 months ago
KC
$50
Kim Costello
6 months ago

This is such a wonderful program and event for young authors!

MP
$100
Meg Pyterek
6 months ago

I am thrilled to support such a worthy cause...the children of Illinois through The Young Authors' Conference will benefit in 2017!

MW
$100
Mary Lou white
6 months ago
JS
$250
Jordan Spillane
6 months ago

I wish I could donate even more for this wonderful event!

$30
Lars Olson
6 months ago
AM
$20
Ashley Morhardt
6 months ago
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