In March 2016 I founded “Writing for Survival,” a fiscally-sponsored project with Fractured Atlas and successfully raised the minimum amount needed to qualify for formal grants on Indiegogo. The mission of Writing for Survival is to help adolescents and young adults overcome adversity and emotional trauma with the power of the written word by offering expressive writing workshops and writing services. The first 8-week workshop piloted in the beginning of June 2016 in partnership with Wayside Youth’s STEPS program. The workshop was well-received and I now offer one-on-one writing mentoring to STEPS participants on an as-requested basis.
In fall 2016, I contracted with the Justice Resources Institute to teach creative writing electives at two of their residential schools that cater to at-risk adolescent girls, Pelham Academy and Walden Street School. I also now work with the Young Adult Vocational Program to offer tutoring and coaching in reading and writing to interested participants in the program.
In January 2017 I was awarded a $600 grant from my town’s cultural council to work with the young adults at both STEPS and YAVP on a literary journal project.