One of Bouchercon's most important and valued traditions is our support of local charities. Bouchercon 2014, Murder at The Beach supports two very deserving organizations in the Long Beach area.
Long Beach Public Library Foundation—Promoting literacy one reader at a time
This non-profit provides support to the Long Beach Public Library and encourages literacy and education for all members of the community by raising funds to supplement youth programs, purchase books and materials that cannot be supplied with city funds.
The Foundation provides support and oversees programs such as the 12 neighborhood Family Learning Centers, designed to promote literacy, academic success, self-help learning and free access to current technologies.
WriteGirl—Never underestimate the power of a girl and her pen
WriteGirl is a creative writing and mentoring nonprofit for teen girls in Los Angeles. WriteGirl pairs professional women writers with teen girls to explore the power of words and writing. Through one-on-one mentoring and monthly workshops, girls are given techniques, insights and hot tips for great writing in all genres from professional women writers.
WriteGirls participants gain confidence, communication skills, creativity and an expanded view of themselves and their futures. And the program works: 100% of WriteGirl Core Mentoring Program girls have graduated from high school and gone on to college.