Photography provided by Deidra Johnson

Because your daughter is the next revolutionary.

Because your niece is the next thought leader.

Because every girl is a storm.

Our story & Mission

Paper Storms is a non-profit organization that provides creative expression programs geared to help young girls ages 12-17 discover and uncover their backstories.

Great leaders write and create every day, one letter at a time. The tools they need are stirring up on the inside and it's our job to bring them to the surface.

Here's how:

We inform young women of their brilliance by utilizing the tools and therapy of writing through journal entries, “homework” that’s fun to do and art projects every session. Many of the young ladies we’ve enrolled are artists in their own right. We lead thought-provoking discussions, ask questions, give feedback and explore our limits. We allow time and space for processing by creating safe spaces for free speech. The most important factor is allowing every girl to speak her mind about the world around and within her. Recognizing everyone learns and expresses differently, we also offer tactile mixed media art projects and photography, songwriting and dance sessions along with writing spaces. The goal is to continue enriching and encouraging girls to express themselves without fear or rejection.

This is #PaperStorms

Paper Storms taught these young ladies that they can write their own story; that no one else can dictate to them who they are and what they will become. It brought out the inner writer in each one of them that they never knew they had. It gave them an outlet for all of their frustrations and misdirected anger that they mostly kept to themselves for fear that no one would understand, could understand, or would even make an effort to try.
— Monica Bailey, local educator & mother

What We've Achieved

  • Feast RVA grant finalist