Telling stories can change lives! I am a passionate advocate of initiatives that advance this idea.

I volunteer with high school students to help them harness their storytelling superpowers. If you’re a Portland local, the following organizations are well worth your support.

LITERARY ARTS

I was a Writer in the Schools fellow at Literary Arts and I continue to work with high school kids through the annual College Essay Mentoring Project. It takes place at public high schools in Portland and Gresham. Join me!

INTERNATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

I am crazy about this conference, which is a Portland Public Schools program for students who are so-called ESL or Emerging Bilinguals (they are usually trilingual and more). My workshop, Map of Me, is designed to help students access fun new ways of telling their mindblowing stories. To learn more about the IYLC, go here.