I've worked as a writing mentor for four years with Pongo Teen Writing, first at the Child Study & Treatment Center, the state psychiatric hospital for youth, and then at King Co. Juvenile Detention, where I most recently served as Site Lead.
I have also volunteered with the in-patient psychiatric unit at Seattle Children's Hospital and with youth at Washington Middle School, Friends of the Children, the Rotary Boys & Girls Club and Seattle Parks and Recreation Out There Poetry Camp for queer youth. Additionally, I have adapted the method to use with adults at L'arche Seattle.
Visit Pongo Teen Writing to learn more about the project and to read poetry by youth. Click on the image below to watch PBS NewHours' story on Pongo, featuring U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey.