If you know me, you also know that I am not a sports person… or even a fitness person. I walked the mile-run in high school, I found any excuse to skip gym class. Words are more my style. I’d write extra pages on all my papers; in fifth grade, my idea of fun was trying to write a novel with my best friend. Without someone to inspire my voice or tell me my story mattered, I would not have found the success and fulfillment in my professional and artistic life I have today.
The Telling Room says to young people that not only do their stories matter, but their stories have power. Telling Room programs arm students of all backgrounds with tools for success and self determination: they ask young people to write the future they want for themselves and their communities. For example, the Young Writers & Leaders program provides a platform for the voices of immigrant and refugee students that are integral to Maine’s community. The Telling Room’s in-school programs engage young people who may not otherwise have access to arts-integrated education.
These students' stories matter. So, while I’m not a runner, I am going the extra mile(s) for the Telling Room this August. Join me in supporting this invaluable resource to the Portland community.