The Pongo Publishing Teen Writing Project is a volunteer, nonprofit effort with Seattle teens who are in jail, on the streets, or in other ways leading difficult lives. The Pongo website features many resources for teachers and counselors working with teen writers.
The Pongo Teen Writing Project is releasing their latest book of teen poetry from King County juvenile detention. This perfect binding, full-color cover book is entitled There Had to Have Been Someone. This and several other Pongo books are available for purchase on their web site, each with a sample poem that can be read online.
Pongo’s Writing Activities now includes an ‘easier to use’ interface for teens to write poetry online. There are 46 fill-in-the-blank writing activities on themes such as “Addicted,” “Girl with the Scars,” “Lessons of Courage and Fear,” and “Ten Reasons to Love Me.” The Home page has a video, set in juvenile detention, that explains Pongo’s mission and their authors’ poetry.