Empower. Educate. Inspire.

Welcome to the Voices Rising Mentorship Program — a unique initiative by Little Listeners Publishing designed to amplify the voices of young authors with hearing loss through the empowering process of writing and self-publishing their own books as well as by providing them a platform to share their stories, learn valuable skills, and make an impact in their communities. Our program is more than just about publishing; it’s a journey towards advocacy, entrepreneurship, and personal development.

If your child has a story to tell and a vision to share, the Voices Rising Program offers the tools, platform, and support to make it happen. This program isn’t just about publishing books—it’s about growing as individuals and as a community.  It’s an opportunity for young authors to turn their personal challenges into sources of inspiration, using their voices to effect change and inspire others.

Participants will leave the program not only as published authors but also as empowered advocates with a network of support, equipped with skills to navigate both personal and professional challenges.

Are you ready to share your story? Do you want to make a difference in the world of hearing health and beyond? Apply now to start your child’s journey from aspiring writer to published author and advocate.

For more information and to apply, contact us at LittleListenersPublishing@gmail.com

We look forward to welcoming you to the Little Listeners family and watching your stories soar to new heights!

Key Features of the Program

Tailored Mentorship: Participants receive personalized guidance through the self-publishing process, ensuring their unique voice and story come to life in a professionally published book.

Self-Publishing Experience: Learn the ins and outs of self-publishing on platforms like Amazon Kindle Publishing (KDP), where authors retain control over their works and profits.

Project Management Managing a book project from start to finish teaches participants about planning, organization, and resilience- skills that will serve them in all areas of life.

 Advocacy through Storytelling: Each book project becomes a platform for hearing health advocacy, enhancing awareness and fostering a supportive community.

Entrepreneurial Skill Development: Authors engage in real-world business activities, from book design to marketing and sales, cultivating skills that serve them beyond the publishing world.

Digital Literacy and Social Media: In today’s digital age, our authors also learn to navigate social media and digital platforms, essential tools for promoting their work and building an audience.

Fundraising Initiatives: Participants are encouraged to engage in fundraising to help cover a portion of publication costs, such as illustrations, which teaches valuable lessons in community engagement and financial responsibility.

Parent-Child Collaboration: The program strengthens family bonds through shared creative efforts, enhancing communication and cooperation.

Eligibility for the Voices Rising Program

1. Age Range: Applicants must be between the ages of 6 to 16 years. This age range is chosen to support developmental stages where children can express their thoughts in writing and benefit from the educational components of the program.

2. Hearing Impairment: Applicants must have a hearing loss of any degree. This requirement ensures the program serves its primary audience—amplifying voices from the hearing-impaired community.

3. Book Topic: Subject of the book must be related to hearing loss, hearing devices, Deaf/Hard of Hearing Culture or related topics

4. Guardian Participation: Each applicant must have a guardian who will actively participate in the application process and throughout the program. Guardians must consent to the participation terms and be willing to support their child through the book creation and publishing process.

5. Complete Application: Submission of a fully completed application form, including all required sections: personal information, book project details, content preparedness, and consent for marketing and participation.

6. Commitment to Participate: Applicants and their guardians must commit to the duration of the book development and publishing process, including participating in scheduled mentorship sessions and adhering to publishing timelines.

7. Participation in media related activities to promote the book and author through Little Listeners Publishing media  

8. Commitment to Fundraise: Since professional illustrations and marketing can be costly, Little Listeners Publishing is prepared to cover a portion of these costs. However, we would ask that you parent and child work together on raising additional funds—around $100-$300—to partially cover these expenses. This amount is intended to support the child’s project and also aid in teaching the power of activism and the value of community support, enhancing understanding of working towards important goals.

Other Qualities

1. Interest in Writing and Storytelling: Applicants should demonstrate a keen interest in writing and storytelling. While previous writing experience is beneficial, it is not mandatory.

2. Willingness to Learn: Applicants should be eager to learn about self-publishing processes, including writing, editing, formatting, and marketing.

3. Advocacy and Representation: Applicants are encouraged to use their stories to advocate for hearing health or related causes, reflecting the program’s goal to enhance awareness and understanding through personal narratives.

4. Social Media Engagement: While not required, willingness to engage in social media and promotional activities related to their book will be considered a plus. This includes participating in video documentaries and online promotions to share their publishing journey.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must download the application form from the Little Listeners Publishing website (or message Little Listeners through the contact form), complete all sections truthfully, and submit it via email to LittleListenersPublishing@gmail.com  along with any required supplementary materials.