The Highlights Foundation positively impacts children by amplifying the voices of storytellers who inform, educate, and inspire children to become their best selves.
We do not take lightly what it means to create engaging, authentic stories for children and youth. We believe that you, as storytellers, have profound impacts on the lives of children. This matters a great deal to us as an organization, and most importantly to our world.
For more than 35 years, the Highlights Foundation has embraced the core values that serve our mission: excellence, creativity, diversity, and integrity.
Year after year, online and in-person, our programs, staff, faculty, and scholarships help us bring this mission to you. We offer a range of topics and types of courses, from no-cost webinars to week-long residencies to online intensives. These offerings provide education, support, and encouragement for both beginning and published authors and illustrators, and are led by children’s publishing professionals: editors, authors, illustrators, art directors, publishers, agents, academics, and others who are there to help our community realize their creative goals.
We host our in-person workshops and retreats at a retreat center in Pennsylvania. On the traditional and contemporary lands of the Lenape Nation, the property resides in Northeastern Pennsylvania. It is sustainably cared for by the descendants of the Highlights for Children, Inc. founders. The property is rich in family history, and a wonderful place that feeds the mind, body, and soul. It’s tucked in the northern-most terrain of the Pocono Mountains, situated a couple of hours away from NYC and Philadelphia. It’s also located near the Highlights editorial office in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. (Learn more about the mission and history of Highlights for Children here.)
The Highlights Foundation is a public, not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization. We receive support from individuals, publishing companies, and other writers’ organizations who believe in our mission. Our scholarship program serves those who may not be able to bear the costs of our programs, and the majority of our named scholarship funds are endowed.
We hope that you’ll join our community and help us fulfill our mission of inspiring children to become their best selves.