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Ellen Hopkins Launches Ventana Sierra Nonprofit

New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins has launched a nonprofit called Ventana Sierra.

Here’s more about the organization: “Through their various careers in social work, the news media, and children’s publishing, the founding members of Ventana Sierra became acutely aware of the plight of young adults who desired college or career training, but were financially unable to accomplish their goals … Ventana Sierra was formed specifically to help highly motivated young people like these to build solid career paths toward a more positive future.”

In an effort to raise money, Hopkins will be hosting a writers conference set to take place from June 14th to 16th. This conference also has a one-day workshop for young writers on the schedule; there will be no charge for this particular event. The video embedded above features Hopkins talking about this social venture–what do you think?

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