The Pongo Poetry at Schoolhouse Washington project seeks applications for its Fellowships to establish school-based poetry programs for middle-school students who have experienced homelessness or housing instability, as well as other personal traumas and challenges. Applications are due January 12, 2018.
Through funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Pongo Poetry at Schoolhouse Washington project will award up to four grants to McKinney-Vento or Students in Transition programs in Washington state schools and/or school districts, to implement a poetry program that starts in winter/spring 2018. The project is a collaboration among Pongo Poetry, Schoolhouse Washington and Seattle University’s Project on Family Homelessness.
What the Fellowship Includes:
- A free in-person training session on Pongo’s acclaimed teaching method, of 3-5 hours, in February-April 2018 in each fellowship school district, for up to 20 people per district. Also included: up to 20 copies of the Pongo methodology book, “Writing with At-Risk Youth,” one for each participant in the training session. (The value of the training for 20 people is $5,000. Travel costs will be covered by Pongo.)
- A $1,000 stipend that could be used for poetry books, book publication, guest poets, journals, costs for readings, etc.
- $25 gift cards for up to 10 middle-school students who participate in the initial writing opportunity.
- An opportunity for student poetry to be published in a book at the end of the project, with their permission. Confidentiality will be maintained.
We Seek Applications From:
- Homeless liaisons, school psychologists, teachers, counselors and others who work closely with middle-school students
- A variety of school districts from across Washington state -- large and small, urban and rural
Schools/districts who are not current grantees of Schoolhouse Washington, Building Changes, OSPI, or the Department of Commerce are encouraged to apply.
Purpose of the Project:
For questions about the Fellowship grants, contact: Richard Gold of Pongo Poetry. Alternate: Catherine Hinrichsen at Seattle University.
About The Program Partners: