We'd love to help your school or literary outreach organization attend YALLWEST.

If you're from a school, library, scout troop, book club, church or other nonprofit/service organization, you probably qualify for free group tickets. It never hurts to ask! We're hosting an all day YALLWEST preview event, just for students and educators, from 9am to 3pm at the Santa Monica Public Library. This will include interactive author presentations, industry panels, games, a photobooth, signings and more: just for schools. Please fill out the educator form below for more information. 

 

Grades 3 – 12 classroom educators should also check out our Purple Ink award to win 1k worth of books for your class. Details below:

We'd love to help your group attend YALLWEST.

If you're from a school, library, scout troop, book club, church or other nonprofit/service organization, you probably qualify for free group tickets. It never hurts to ask!

 

Name *
Name
Please list the number of students and chaperones you anticipate attending.
Title I
and Board District if Applicable

Objective

Provide classroom libraries to teachers in underserved schools who go “above and beyond” to teach literacy and instill a lifelong love of reading in their students.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Purple Ink Award applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a classroom teacher in grades 3-5 OR an English/Reading teacher in grades 6-12 with a classroom lending library.
  • 50% of the students must qualify for free or reduced lunch.
  • Must teach in a school in Los Angeles County.
  • The school principal or administrator must understand and fully support the project.

* The 2017 Purple Ink Award application period is open till April 7, 2017

In order to be considered, teachers must fill out the online application by April 7, 2017. The grant is awarded at YALLWEST, which takes place April 29, 2017. We encourage applications to be submitted as early as possible.

  • A completed online application (see below)

Following your online application, a YALLWEST representative will follow-up with you for the remaining items:

Winners

First Place Winner will receive $1,000 worth of books for their classroom library. The award will be presented at YALLWEST on the main stage, on Sunday, May 1, 2016. The winning teacher’s classroom will be invited to attend YALLWEST.

Second Place Winner will receive $400 worth of books for their classroom library.

Third Place Winner will receive $200 worth of books for their classroom library.

*Book lists will be fulfilled based on price and availability. Titles should be listed in order of priority. Use the form provided at YALLWEST.com/PurpleInk and follow the directions included with the document.

Rules and Regulations

  • Students must be free to borrow books to take home, though an official lending system is not required.
  • Funds are for recreational reading material ONLY. Requesting textbooks and/or books that will be used as part of a formal reading curriculum (such as class sets) will result in immediate disqualification.
Name *
Name
Phone *
Phone
School Information
If LAUSD, also list board district
School Address
School Address
Title I *
Administrator Name *
Administrator Name
A description of the ways you currently use novels to promote independent reading, instill a love of reading for pleasure, and/or improve the reading and literacy abilities of the students in your classroom. Include specific examples of how you plan to foster your students’ love of reading. You may complete this portion via email after initial submission.
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I understand that YALLWEST Purple Ink Award Committee Members will be visiting my school. My signature indicates that I am granting permission for them to shoot video and/or take photos during the visit and use the video and/or photographs for editorial purposes, promotional purposes, and/or to publish summary information about the winning projects on the YALLWEST websites, publications and/or brochures. I understand the objective of the award and fully support the Purple Ink Award requirements.
Additional Information
After filling out this form, a YALLWEST representative will contact you for some additional information, including a book list (downloadable below), letters of recommendation, and further classroom reading description.