It is vitally important for children to see themselves reflected in media in order to obtain a healthy vision of true diversity. Whether it be television, film, or literature, children of color need to see themselves represented in a positive way. Tech entrepreneur and educator, Mondo Davison, is making sure that that is happening sooner rather than later, with the creation of a new digital platform that will revolutionize the way stories are told and read.
Shortiez, founded by Davison, is a digital library of stories that focuses on relatable relevant content.
“We want kids of color to see themselves reflected in the stories they read from day one,” commented Davison in a personal essay. “We want young scholars to be empowered by characters that look like them. We want storylines to be relevant. We want the language to be relatable. We want kids to enjoy reading, instead of impersonating it. The only way to accomplish this goal is building a library of original content.”
The stories that are found on the Shortiez website are written by a team of contributors. Davison and his staff are actively seeking to continually fill the website’s digital library. Shortiez definitely provides a diverse literary platform that will infuse cultural diversity into every day life for generations to come.