I Met Michelle Obama!

Representatives of WritersCorps, an Asian woman and a Latina teen, with First Lady Michelle Obama.

This past Wednesday I went to the White House to accept an award on behalf of San Francisco WritersCorps, a program that mentors youth through creative writing with professional writers and artists. With me was a WritersCorps student, Nicole. Michelle Obama was warm and lovely (and tall!) as she presented us with the 2010 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. WritersCorps was one of 15 programs from across the country to win the award, which comes with a $10,000 grant. Learn more about the award here. I have more to say about our White House visit, but just wanted to post this photo first. Watch the ceremony and the First Lady’s speech below. (WritersCorps is on at around the 20:22 mark.)

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  1. Emily says

    This is so amazingly awesome!! Something good happening to someone who deserves it. Should frame this and put it on your wall!! Congrats!!!! You rock Mel!!!!

    I am so proud of you. You make a difference in some one life,you help a lot of youngster
    to be a better writer, to built their confidence and self esteem.
    I wish there was a similar program available to me when I came to the State 40 years ago.
    I am so glad my daughter able to do this job , and do it so well!!!!!!!!!!

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