Based in Seattle, WA, the Pongo Teen Writing opportunity will train you to help victims of trauma (abuse, violent loss, etc.) to heal through poetry writing. The skills will benefit you in current and future careers in counseling and teaching. Pongo poetry writing is uniquely helpful for distressed individuals, and uniquely nurturing for caregivers. Participation in Pongo requires serious commitment to be on a Pongo team in a site such as juvenilte detention, where volunteers will work one weekday afternoon per week from mid-Sept to mid-April. (Currently, the state psychiatric hospital site meets on Mondays in Tacoma, and the juvenile detention site meets on Tuesdays in Seattle.)
To begin the process for selection as a Pongo volunteer, please email your resume and a writing sample (preferably poetry) to richard-at-pongoteenwriting.org. In your resume or email message, please include all of your experience working with youth. Also, please state your availability to volunteer on a weekday afternoon during the coming school year. Finally, please review the Pongo web site, including the expectations on this page.