The Institute is pleased to introduce its Literary Challenge Initiative (LCI). The LCI supports science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning by reinforcing the literacy skills of youth. At the core of STEM development are the abilities to understand written language, to communicate well in verbal and written forms, and to think logically. The LCI builds out-of-school community support for literacy development and provides out-of-school channels for literary expression.
For its inaugural Literary Challenge writing competition, the L.SMURPHE.F Institute issued the prompt: I AM; therefore, I WILL BE. In partnership with churches and youth-serving organizations in Galveston County, Texas, The Institute asked youth to reflect on their faith in their own words. Enjoy their responses in the Literary Challenge Journal, Volume 1, Number 1.