Emily Phillips, Program Coordinator

Emily PhillipsEmily has worked with Bay Area youth of all ages in several different capacities, as a creative writing teacher for elementary school kids with "Take My Word For It!" and SF Arts Ed, as the Middle School After School Program Coordinator at Oakland School for the Arts, and as a high school tutor, mentor, and substitute teacher. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from California College of the Arts in 2008 and when she's not doing fifteen things at once coordinating our growing writing program, she writes as much as possible.

Kim Bielak, Social Media Marketing Intern

Kim Bielak, social media marketing internKim is a current Media Studies major at UC Berkeley. She found that her heart aligned with "Take My Word For It!" 's mission to give kids the opportunity to express themselves creatively and is thrilled to be able to employ her studies in digital media to interact with our online community. She finds her own creative outlet in dance and art and is excited to further her studies abroad this spring in Spain.

Nancy Schneider, Social Media Marketing Intern:

Nancy SchneiderThrough a meandering personal history, Nancy Schneider finds herself with a deep and enduring commitment to childhood literacy, a major in Geography from Middlebury College, several languages, a handful of pending law school applications, and an internship in Social Media and marketing with “Take My Word For It!” She believes in following her instinct, especially when it means trying something new. Nancy hopes to explore how social media and the Internet can work positively to form a community around young creative writers. She looks forward to engaging with and connecting parents, teachers, and students.