August 7, 2022

Amanda Gorman Celebrates Nonprofit Before Super Bowl Poetry Reading

Weeks after the opening, Amanda Gorman is still making headlines.

As she adorns the new cover of TIME’s Black Renaissance issue, in a few days, she will be heading to the field for the Super Bowl to perform a new poem.

I spoke to a national organization that worked closely with Gorman prior to large-scale fame.

“She made the world a brighter place for all of us. And she made that work shine in an even more powerful way. And she has inspired so many children in this country immensely, ”said Laura Brief, CEO of 826 National.

Amanda Gorman, a household name after her inaugural performance, continues to shine her light with messages of positivity, hope and unity.

This Super Bowl Sunday, she will perform her new poem honoring three Americans for their work during the pandemic.

“She also sent a very important message about the importance of writing, the importance of the voice of young people and the importance of arts education. And so when I think of Amanda stepping onto the field at the Super Bowl and doing the same, I just think how much more that message will be amplified, ”Brief said.

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Laura Brief, CEO of 826 National, has worked closely with Gorman since 2019.

The organization works with over 100,000 students across the country to provide equitable writing opportunities for all.

“She was running a project called We the Future, in which young leaders were asked to identify a nonprofit organization that shared their philosophy of life, so she contacted 826 National. And she created this beautiful poster that honored both the spirit of her work and the spirit of our work and we were extremely moved by how we align our missions, ”Brief said.

Gorman continues to work with the organization on a variety of projects and now sits on the Board of Directors.

Inspire the next generation to make change through the powerful use of words.

“When we teach literacy in the United States, we are talking about teaching reading. And reading is so incredibly important of course. But at 826, the way we think about it is reading, it’s access, but writing is power. And when you watch Amanda Gorman, you see that in action, ”Brief said.

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826 National is present in 9 cities across the country. Their digital platform also guarantees all students and teachers free writing resources at their fingertips.

As Super Bowl fans cheer on their teams, this nonprofit will celebrate Gorman’s success and how his light ignites a fire of passion for writing in people of all ages.

“We are so inspired and so proud and can’t wait to see what comes next from her but also what comes next for the thousands and thousands of people who are inspired by her,” Brief said.

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