Local author launches teen writing program

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A community leader is bringing a unique program to Wilson for at-risk youth — Freedom Writers.

“I am excited about how God has and continues to move me, my faith and walk in the leadership and serving capacity of my purpose,” said DuWanda S. Epps, community outreach provider, author, doctoral student and recipient of the city’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year award.

She said the Freedom Writers program is the first creative writing program for at-risk youth in Wilson.

The program is designed to create a safe, open and creative environment that supports and educates teens ages 14 to 19 to tackle tough issues using the arts.

Epps said the Freedom Writers program will help ease stress, increase awareness of self and help teens develop healthy and effective coping, communication and social skills.

Officials are currently registering teens ages for the program, which will be held every Wednesday beginning Sept. 12 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Her Spot, located at 3715-B Airport Blvd.,Wilson. The program is free.

To register your child by phone, call Epps at 984-377-7829. Space is limited.

Artistic volunteers are also wanted, Epps said. Organizers request donations for the program: healthy snacks, notebooks, pens, pencils, a pencil sharpener, podium, folding table, projector, folding chairs and internet access. Donations can be dropped off at 1502 W. Nash St. Suite B, behind Dick’s Hot Dog Stand.

Epps can be reached via email at cchange2inc@gmail.com.


Freedom Writers

Goals of the program include: 

•  Increase self-esteem

•  Promote positive behaviors and expressions without aggression

•  Increase opportunities for social and emotional learning

•  Improve articulation of feelings with the ability to express them appropriately

•  Identify personal values and morals

•  Develop effective communication skills


•  Track self-sufficiency and productivity