Poetry. Art. Charity.

For children, by children.

Improving the future for homeless youth one step at a time.


Our First Book!

Our first book, Animals Are out of this World!, is a children's poetry book designed for elementary schoolers. This book combines themes of pets, outer space, love, friendship, and forgiveness to create a work that is fun for all! Since publishing this book, we have read and donated copies to hundreds of students at both homeless shelters and elementary schools. All of the proceeds from the book support our own literacy programs for homeless youth in Los Angeles. 


About Verses for the Voiceless

Our Mission

We are a group of high school students passionate about both creative writing and helping those in need. When we learned that 2.5 million children in America are homeless, many of whom have no means of gaining literacy, we could no longer stand on the sidelines. We started a project called Verses for the Voiceless, writing poetry books designed for children of all ages. All of our proceeds are donated to three-pronged literacy programs that we've started in Los Angeles. First, we host monthly workshops at homeless shelters that are each centered around a different writing concept (utilizing evidence, character building, the story arc, etc.) Second, we bring in weekly tutors that help students gain one-on-one support. Finally, we expand shelter libraries, donating enough books that children have a new story to read every day. 


Recent Press Coverage


"West LA High School Students Use Art, Poetry to Help Homeless Children"


"Young Authors Look to Help Local Homeless"


"We Heart: Storey Wertheimer’s Verses for the Voiceless"


"Recommended Read: Animals Are out of this World!"


"New West Charter Students Wrote Book to Support Literacy Programs for Homeless Kids" 


"High School Students Create a Book to Help Homeless Kids"

How Can You Help?

Every child deserves a home.

You can help! Everything from spreading the word about our mission, buying books, giving them as gifts, helping tell our story on the news or on social media, and even hosting your own book-reading event will make a difference! Every book sold helps to keep homeless youth off the streets.


"We bought 500 copies to give to children living in our apartment communities. We were inspired by Storey and the Verses for the Voiceless mission to empower homeless youth. Reading the books helps kids become more literate and believe anything is possible. Furthermore, Storey is putting the money to work to uplift the next generation. I encourage everyone to support this mission!"

Ronald M. Griffith
President & CEO
Century Housing Corporation


Get in Touch


About our Founder

Storey Wertheimer

Storey Wertheimer is a recent high school graduate from Los Angeles and a member of Duke University's class of 2025. In addition to founding Verses for the Voiceless, Storey also started an organization called Food for Thought that teaches elementary students around L.A. about the impacts of food waste and how to start composting. She recently published her second children's book on Amazon about preventing food waste entitled Too Good to Waste. Storey was the President of four organizations at her school: Community Service Club, National Honor Society, Speech and Debate Club, and Jewish Culture Club. She participated in Student Government for four years, holding positions including Class President and Student Life President. Storey also was an ambassador for the Ronald Reagan Student Leadership Program, helping dozens of students start their own community service projects. In her free time, Storey travels the country for Speech and Debate tournaments, volunteers for Meals on Wheels, plays tennis for the USTA, ran varsity track, snow and water skis, and plays the guitar.


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