A Grandmother’s Challenge
Page 15 Founder and Executive Director Julia Young grew up in downtown Orlando, but spent a few weeks every summer at her grandparents’ farm in upstate New York. She spent her days picking vegetables, hiking, and reading.
Both Julia and her grandmother “Teddy” were enthusiastic readers. Julia, however, was also a restless reader. She struggled to stick with new books beyond the first few pages. Teddy, having lived through the hard years of World War II and the Great Depression noticed this behavior with some distress. “I give up” was not a part of her vocabulary.
One afternoon, as Julia sat beside a pile of discarded books, Teddy bestowed upon her granddaughter a personal rule of thumb, a rule that would one day inspire many more generations of young readers.
A Movement Grown from Strong Literary Roots
In 2008, armed with the idea that every Orlando citizen should have access to great literary programming, Julia Young, bookstore owner Bruce Harris, & developer Craig Ustler founded the Urban Think Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to enriching Central Florida’s cultural landscape by developing & growing educational & literary arts programs.
The Foundation itself is the legacy of the Urban Think! Bookstore, which served admirably as downtown Orlando’s local & independent bookstore from 2001 to 2010.
For 10 years, the Urban Think Foundation served as an umbrella organization to Page 15 & Burrow Press, an independent literacy press publishing award-winning poetry and prose, in-print and online. Burrow Press is now the literary publisher of Stetson University’s MFA of the Americas program. Page 15 now serves as the legacy of the Urban Think Foundation, continuing to bring exceptional programming to the youth of Central Florida
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