Our Partners

For a fledgling, student-led organization such as The Decameron Project, navigating the logistics of an undertaking as ambitious as our own could well have proven insurmountable. We are where we are thanks to the kindness and generosity of our partners, who recognize the value of our mission and help in every way they can. 

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The Center for Fiction

The Center for Fiction supports and celebrates the creation of fiction in all its forms. It brings communities together as readers and writers of all ages to share and develop a passion for storytelling across boundaries of identity and experience and explore its profound influence on our society. One of New York City’s oldest cultural organizations, and the only one dedicated solely to the art of fiction,The Center for Fiction was founded in 1820 as the Mercantile Library –– only a few months after Benjamin Franklin created this country’s first lending library in Boston and well before the creation of our public library system. It featured Mark Twain, Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Beecher Stowe as speakers; and Edgar Allan Poe as a resident writer. The Mercantile Library was renamed The Center for Fiction in 2008, but its founding principle has not changed: With access to the very best of literature, everyone is able to find a path to possibility and opportunity. We’re proud to partner with The Center for Fiction, and their KidsRead program, in making The Decameron Project a reality. 

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The New York Public Library

The New York Public Library has been an essential provider of free books, information, ideas, and education for all New Yorkers for more than 100 years. Founded in 1895, the NYPL is the largest public library system in the United States –– featuring a unique combination of 88 neighborhood branches and four scholarly research centers and bringing together an extraordinary richness of resources and opportunities available to all. Serving more than 17 million patrons a year, and millions more online, the Library holds more than 55 million items and offers 103,000 free programs annually. Their work reaches everyone from students, to English language learners, to job seekers, to passionate readers. We are delighted to become a part of that century-old legacy of excellence and public service, partnering with the NYPL in their mission to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen our communities.

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NYC Youth Leadership Councils & NYC Service

NYC Youth Leadership Councils (YLCs) are a network of youth groups focused on policy, practice and advocacy to make local change happen. Each YLC is a space to team up with others, share ideas, create solutions, and put those solutions into action with the support from City agencies, schools, and community organizations. YLC NYC is part of NYC Service, a division of the Office of the Mayor focused on volunteerism and service in NYC, launched in April 2009 in response to President Barack Obama’s national call for volunteerism and a goal of engaging 100 million Americans in service by 2020. NYC Service’s mission is simple: to deepen and expand civic engagement through volunteer and service programs, creating sustainable change for New York’s greatest needs. It is our great privilege to partner with NYC Youth Leadership Councils and NYC Service to expand the reach of The Decameron Project to more young people in New York City and beyond.

Partner | WriteOn & The New School

WriteOn NYC aims to develop and connect multiple communities. First, they provide passionate writing teachers to underserved middle and high school students. Second, they prepare MFA creative writing candidates for careers in teaching and non-profit work and provide financial support throughout their graduate studies. One fellowship. Two missions. 
WriteOn NYC was piloted by novelist and The New School Fiction Chair, Professor Helen Schulman in January 2016. WriteOn was born from the desire to introduce students to writing by people who looked like them and sounded like them, and by people who didn’t. They wanted to help students travel the world through reading. Most of all, they wanted to give young writers an audience for their work to be read, taken seriously, and heard. We are excited to partner with WriteOn to expand and enrich our respective communities.

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First Workings

First Workings is a NYC based non-profit organization founded in 2014 to address the lack of representation within the intern to entry level talent pipeline. First Workings’ mission is to help high achieving, high potential students from some of New York City’s most underserved and underrepresented communities gain social capital and workplace readiness skills to broaden their horizons. First Workings accomplishes this by partnering with leaders from a wide variety of industries who provide their students with specialized training, paid internships, or one-on-one mentorships. We’re thrilled to partner with First Workings to help show young students the breadth of what they can be –– and exalt the worthiness of writing as a career. 

Partner | NYC Mayor's CAU

The Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit (CAU) is the fundamental connection between City Hall and New York City residents throughout the five boroughs. The primary mission of CAU is to establish deep partnerships with communities in order to actively engage and mobilize New Yorkers in City government.
 
We are delighted to partner the Mayor’s Community Affair’s Unit to bring the power of storytelling to the people of New York City –– young and old alike. 

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