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Young Authors Take Flight


World’s most accomplished teen writers and activists will gather for five days of planning and action in San Juan

Last year 100 of the world’s most talented young writers and activists gathered for the International Congress of Youth Voices. They were joined in San Francisco by luminaries such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Americanah), Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner), and Congressman John Lewis (D-GA). Now in its second year, the International Congress of Youth Voices will take place August 7—10, 2019 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Congress will unite 150 students, most of them between the ages of 16 and 20, to learn from accomplished writers, activists, and elected officials. 

Politics of the world affect young people as much as anyone else, and they have little to no voice as major decisions are made. The Congress was founded as a means to amplify their ideas and energy and to unite young people for a weekend of collaboration. 

Austin Bat Cave at the Congress

Student delegates are chosen based on their commitment to leadership, social justice, and their passion and eloquence as writers. Last year, ABC nominated two students, Noor Alnoman and Bianca Alvarado, to attend the International Congress. They flew to San Francisco and met and spent time with young writers and activists from around the world. These young women came back inspired and energized. Noor and Bianca both contributed to the group's manifesto for youth activism published on The Guardian. They joined us at our annual Eat Your Words dinner and spoke to the community about their experience. Bianca spoke about her renewed passion for writing and hopes of finishing her novel. Noor's essay "We Are All Immigrants" was published online at the International Congress of Youth Voices.


This year, Austin Bat Cave will send three student delegates to the Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico. We need your help in sponsoring these young leaders.

Your donation will help pay for writing supplies, books, and airfare from Austin, TX to Puerto Rico. 

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