Stretch Goal #1- $2,600
Now is that fun moment where we get to imagine what could be done with a few more funds. Simply put: if we're able to reach $2,600 it will allow us to put on another week long creative writing class this fall!
My larger vision is to create a long term partnership with the juvenile justice system that includes holding classes on a quarterly basis and also running a weekly writing club for teens once they get out of detention. One of my students has told me, "If I had a place to write like this on the outside it would help keep me out of trouble."
Any additional pledges received at this point help me to establish a sustainable program that will give dozens of youth the chance to find their voice and discover new possibilities for their lives through the power of writing.
This summer, I am planning to lead a two week creative writing class with teens in the Whatcom County Juvenile Justice System. The class will provide an opportunity for youth who are currently serving sentences to find a voice through poetry, stories, and personal narratives.
Youth in the Juvenile Justice System are there because they have gotten themselves into some trouble. Many of them come from difficult backgrounds and outside of their legal problems have a range of challenging issues they are struggling with. As you can imagine, they have some powerful stories to tell, and through creative writing they have an opportunity to bring new awareness to their present circumstances and discover untapped inner resources that can help them navigate the challenges they face.
Partnering with me on the project is fellow local poet Kevin Murphy, a regular feature on the Chuckanut Radio Hour and author of A Beautiful Chaos Demands Energy. Both Kevin and I have worked in a number of classrooms in Whatcom County and have a passion for bringing poetry alive in settings where it is not already being taught and performed. Our role with youth in the justice system is to affirm that each one of them has a valuable place in our community and that there is power in their own creativity.
We will meet for at least two hours a day for two weeks. Each day will include lessons and prompts with the intent that students will produce new pieces of writing every session. At the end of the two weeks students will choose their favorite pieces to go in a chapbook that will then be published and made available to the community.
Compensation for Kevin and Matthew, 60+ hours of instruction, preparation, chapbook creation $1,200
Kickstarter Gifts, printing, mailing $200
Student Chapbook, 80 copies $200
Kickstarter/Amazon Fees $160
Federal Taxes $240
Risks and challenges
Kevin and I feel well prepared to address any risks and challenges that come with the project. In our professional capacities, both of us have a track record of fulfilling commitments in a timely manner. We have been in close coordination with Suzanne Harris, teacher for the Whatcom County Juvenile Justice system, and are ready to launch the project once the funding is in place.
I ran a similar Kickstarter campaign last summer to fund a new book and poetry tour. The campaign was successful, rewards have been delivered to supporters, and since then I've been able to launch several new teaching artist projects in the community.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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