This discussion of Pongo's outcomes begins with a summary of our writer surveys. There are stunning results. The surveys were collected in juvenile detention and the state psychiatric hospital for children, so the context is that our authors come to us having had terrible life experiences. They have often been badly betrayed by people close to them, and so have every reason not to trust strangers. Also, the teens who responded to our surveys were not a self-selected group from within these settings. We asked youth to complete a survey whenever there was time at the end of a writing session.
From Fall 2005 to Spring 2016, we collected surveys from 1,205 youth in juvie and the psychiatric hospital. As you'll see, below, 36% of these Pongo writers had written little or not at all before Pongo. Only 34% had written a lot.
Here are the responses:
Did you enjoy this writing experience? 100% YES
Do you feel proud of the writing you did with us? 98% YES
Did you write about things you don't normally talk about? 75% YES
Do you feel that you learned something about writing? 84% YES
Do you feel that you learned something about yourself? 74% YES
If you wrote about things that are bothering you, did the writing help you feel better? 81% YES
Do you think you might write more in the future? 93% YES
If so, do you think you might write during times when life is difficult? 90% YES
How much writing have you done before?
34% - A LOT 30% - SOME 22% - A LITTLE 14% - NONE
Please also see these pages that summarize other outcomes and issues, including...
- Youth Served
- Some Research on Pongo
- Current Program Evaluation
- Are There Negative Outcomes?
- Some Comments by Pongo Writers