On August 15th, 916 Ink will be holding a Zine release party at the La Familia Counseling Center on 5523 34th Street from 5-7PM. Prior to this event, 916 Ink held a two-week creative writing workshop that was open to youth of all ages.

The release party is centered around the newly printed “zine” titled,  “Choose Your Own Sacramento”.

A “zine”, also known as a fanzine is a small, noncommercial magazine written around one specific topic. In this case, youth writers wrote specifically on a “choose your own adventure” story through Sacramento and it’s neighborhoods.

916 ink is a program that promotes literacy to a wide variety of youth writers in the Sacramento county. Headed by a group of creative individuals,, the program aims to engage and empower the youth to pursue literature and the arts. The program has served over 800 kids, ranging from kindergarten to high school level. 916 ink has successfully published over 25 books, from comics to poetry books.

Two other books, both funded by the BHC and supported by 916 ink, are set to be released in the near future as well. One, named Maxed Out, was written by youth in Detention. The book features over 30 teens that are held in the maximum security unit of the Youth Detention Center. Due to their circumstances, however, a book release event was not allowed.

No matter the kid, 916 ink encourages and promotes literacy within the youth in order to empower them. Yehuda Berg, an author, once said, “Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.”