Comments by Pongo Writers

At the end of the author surveys, there is an opportunity for youth to make comments. In over 1,300 surveys these comments have all been positive. For example, in a recent set of surveys from juvenile detention, over one-third of the surveyed youth wrote comments. Here is a sample:

  • I love telling things to you guys that I don't tell people about
  • It was nice. I got to talk about things that have been bothering me.
  • It helped me release my sadness in words!
  • I love it. Poetry is me.
  • I think it made me learn a lot about writing.
  • I learned I'm a good writer.
  • It helped. I want another experience like this.
  • This experience was wonderful -- actually nothing else than amazing.
  • It was good writing out everything on my mind.
  • It was a pleasure and a delight to talk about my feelings.
  • I went from anxious and sad to a little less anxious and a bit calmer.
  • This has been a great time, and I have learned that I have a voice.
  • I had a really good time writing, and I have learned more about myself.
  • Thank you for this experience. I needed it.
  • It was relieving just writing.
  • You guys help a lot of kids who don't have any way to explain their feelings.
  • It was very nice, helped me get some feelings out.
  • I think real writers' poems come from the heart.
  • Writing is a lesson a person needs in life.
  • I enjoyed it. It created a moment of peace in my heart.
  • I had fun, and I feel as if I accomplished something.
  • It was great. I think everybody needs to write more.