Andover Bread Loaf


Andover Bread Loaf’s mission is to promote literacy and educational revitalization through the lens of social justice in the most under-resourced communities and school systems around the world, particularly in US urban communities and public schools.

Through multi-modal literacies, ABL collaborates with youth and adults to support grassroots, democratic, social action movements that enable them to transform themselves, their communities, and their educational systems.

At the heart of ABL is the Writing Leader program. ABL Writing Leaders are youth, trained in democratic pedagogies who work with other youth leaders to create, staff, and lead workshops and programs. The Writing Leaders are powerful educators and community activists, inspiring other youth and adults to love writing and to use it as a form of self-expression and community transformation. 

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If you have questions about making a gift to Andover Bread Loaf, please contact Beth Parsons at 978-749-4523.

Ford Foundation Next Generation Leadership program

Networked Youth In the Public Square. Read the Executive Summary.


Reclaiming ourselves through writing and the arts. View Poster for more details.

Fall 2018 Newsletter

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Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence

Read an article from the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence Spring 2018 Newsletter on the impact of ABL writing workshops.

Bread Loaf Teacher Network Journal

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The first ABL program was launched 28 years ago in Lawrence, Massachusetts. This successful literacy education program is now the anchor for ABL—and the model for similar initiatives in other cities across the country and around the world.

"Inside Out: What Are You All About?": ABL city-wide conference in Lawrence for grades 2-5