About Geoff Gevalt
Executive Director and Founder, Young Writers Project, Inc., Burlington, VT
In 2006, Geoffrey Gevalt founded Young Writers Project (YWP), an independent nonprofit that uses digital technology to engage students to write, help them improve and provide them with authentic audiences for best work. YWP’s student-led Web site, youngwritersproject.org, has 4,000 active teen users in VT and NH. YWP’s Schools Project mentors nearly 300 teachers serving 8,000 students. YWP is completing pilots in San Francisco and Los Angeles and will, in 2011/12, be offering a limited number of pilots to schools across the nation.
Before starting YWP, Gevalt worked for 33 years as an editor and writer, primarily with newspapers. He received numerous awards and was, for two years, a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes. Gevalt has led Web innovation projects since 1995 when he started what was then the 13th newspaper Web site in the country, ohio.com. In addition to running YWP, Gevalt teaches a yearlong Master’s Practicum in Digital Learning through St. Michael’s College.