About PENS OF POWER
The world will be taught by our writers.
The world will be changed by our critical thinkers.
The world will be preserved by our neighbors with great Character.
Pens Of Power aims to have a hand in it all.
Founded by Brooklyn native, and Morgan State University graduate, Lennie Bennett. For the past 15 years, under the pen name Kel Spencer, his writing has garnered Grammy and Soul Train Music Award nominations, an American Music Award, Platinum Plaques, Superstar Artists, Magazines, TV Networks, his first book, a Feature Film, Social Media and more.
Through P.O.P. Kel has funneled his experiences, and knowledge into a way of assisting scholars (grades 4-12, and collegiate workshops), and their parents with Critical Thinking, Character Development, and College & Career Readiness while attaching it all to a unique style of Thesis & Expository writing.
Additionally, Black Star Grove (launched at B.E.T.'s headquarters) is where scholars earn opportunities to meet B.E.T. executives, celebrities, and athletes while touring B.E.T.’s studios. P.O.P. is where deserving scholars are exclusively selected.
Over the past 7 years, P.O.P. has served thousands of children in over a dozen cities. From schools, to after school programs, to private clubs and organizations, to foster homes & orphanages, P.O.P. adheres to basic principles of Common Core and SaferSanerSchools™ / Restorative Practices, while giving scholars what they need, packaged in what they love… It’s That Simple!
***In addition to writing workshops, Pens of Power can also partner with you for career day, Keynote speaking& presentations, career development, business of music workshops, and school wide/community events and engagements.
Mission Statement- To use culturally relevant tools and unique exposure opportunities in equipping scholars with effective communication, cultural awareness, character development, and college & career readiness, for the purpose of not just earning a living but designing a lifestyle.
Vision Statement- To be crafty in our ability to tailor our workshops to meet specific school-wide/scholarly needs and themes, while aiding with, but not limited to, state standardized test scores and the Common Core State Standards of A- College and Career Readiness and B- Literacy Standards for English, History, Science and Technical Subjects.
Currently operating as an NYC DOE Vendor/Sole Proprietor.
Launching our 501c3 appendage by fall 2016.
PENS OF POWER Media Coverage
Take a look and enjoy!
Click here to read our write up on The Goody Bag
Click here to read our write up on the blog "Sealed With a Kiss"
Click here to read about Kel on the website "League of Extraordinary Black Men"
Click here to read more about Kel on the Beautiful Brown Girls website
Workshops and Pricing
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Character Development Series
Cost- $215.00 per session (negotiable contingent upon length of commitment) includes writing supplies, Movie night, Game night, Awards Ceremony. Additional options include: Trip to Poly Prep, Guest speaker(s), and Culminating activity.
College & Career Series
Cost- $185.00 per session (negotiable contingent upon length of commitment) includes writing supplies, Movie night, Game night, Awards Ceremony. Additional options include: Trip to Poly Prep, Trip to College, Guest speaker(s), and Culminating activity.
Critical Thinking/Media Series
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Cost- $220.00 per session (negotiable contingent upon length of commitment) Includes writing supplies, Red Carpet Premiere/Awards Ceremony. Additional options include: Trip to Media facility (i.e. Radio/TV Station) and Guest speaker(s).
Assistance in Scholar Parent Instructor Relationship Enhancement
Mission Statement- To use bridge the gap(s) between parent-child interaction and teacher-scholar interaction for the purposes of making them mutually necessary rather than (too often) mutually exclusive.
Vision Statement- Identifying unhealthy cultural habits, statistics, sources of affirmation, extrinsic vs. intrinsic motivation, etc. as a means to create an all-favorable system of learning, growth, character development, and awareness.
Cost- $180.00 per session (negotiable contingent upon length of commitment) Includes writing supplies, Movie night, Game night, Awards Ceremony, Refreshments, Lite fare. Additional options include: Guest speaker(s)
One of our workshops offerings is our Media Series. The following are final products of our Media Series which used varied combinations of:
LOGO & VIDEOS
Coherence, Development and Organization of text
Cultural awareness & relevance
Drafting and revision
Elaboration upon opinion
Expression of opinion/personal interpretation of given information
Figures of Speech
High order thinking skills
Idea development and expansion
Parts of speech
Removing writer inhibitions/ Dealing with writer’s block
Summarizing & paraphrasing
Brooklyn Gardens Elementary School (Brooklyn)
Wednesdays & Thursdays 12:45pm-1:35pm [3rd & 4th grade young men's Character Development series]
Riverton Street Charter School (St. Albans)
Mondays & Tuesdays 1:30pm-3:00pm [6th & 7th grade Character Development/Leadership series]
P.S. 298 (Brooklyn)
Wednesdays 2:40pm- 3:40pm [4th grade Critical Thinking/Media series]
June 17th; Keynote Speech at Achievement First, middle school graduation.
June 24th; Keynote Speech at Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of The Arts, High School graduation.
June 25th; Recipient of the "Man of Distinction" award at the "I AM" Empowerment Movement, Don for a Day event.
June 27th; Keynote Speech at Fort Greene Preparatory, middle school graduation.
City Springs School (Baltimore)
Monday July 11th - 15th [Middle school Summer Studios (Critical Thinking/Media series)]