Pongo Publishing (Pongo Teen Writing Project) is a 20-year-old therapeutic poetry program that works inside detention centers, homeless shelters, and psychiatric hospitals. Pongo's mission is to facilitate personal poetry as a healing response to devastating trauma - to help our authors understand their difficult feelings, find their strong voices, and address their life challenges and best hopes. Pongo teaches its methodology nationally, and Pongo-inspired poetry programs are helping thousands.
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Seattle, WA 98116-2340
Pongo's core projects are at King County Juvenile Detention Center and at Child Study and Treatment Center, the WA state psychiatric hospital for children. Pongo has directly served 6,000 people. Additionally, in the last four years Pongo has given 56 trainings and presentations (30 nationally, 26 locally). There are now Pongo-inspired writing projects all around the country and the world. Also, through the interactive writing activities on the Pongo web site, over 22,000 youth worldwide have been helped to write about painful life experiences.
From its inception Pongo has worked closely with psychiatrists from the University of Washington School of Medicine. Pongo collects data and has supported four pilot studies of our work. For example, Pongo has collected 1,300 surveys from juvenile detention and the state psychiatric hospital. 100% of our writers enjoyed working with Pongo, 81% felt better after writing, and 93% expect to write more. Notably, 75% wrote on topics they don't normally discuss.
Pongo would also like to thank the City of Seattle of giving Pongo a Mayor's Arts Award for deep and lasting impact on social change.
Pongo is grateful to its many funders, project sites, donors, and supporters, who have helped Pongo to evolve into a healing community.