Deep Center uses writing, art, and culture to fuel the creative fires of Savannah’s young people, helping them connect their learning to their lives, their lives to their communities, and their actions to positive change.

In collaboration with adult writers, artists, and mentors, Deep youth learn how to tell their stories powerfully, celebrate their neighborhoods, elevate Savannah’s forgotten narratives, and find their place in history and current events. When this happens, they gain agency as learners, artists, and community leaders able to speak out on the issues affecting them and their families.

Since our founding in 2008, Deep Center has supported more than 3,410 young people with fully funded scholarships to our creative-writing and leadership programs, and we’ve published more than 90 anthologies of youth work, trained more than 230 local writing mentors, hosted live readings reaching diverse audiences of 8,000, and shared Savannah’s stories around the nation.