Pongo 1.0

Pongo 1.0 is Online October 23rd, 2021, Saturday 10am-3:30pm (PST). Click here to register now!

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Fill-in-the-Blank; Classroom/Group Poem How to.


Training participants will plunge into the Pongo method for facilitating powerful personal poetry that inspires healing, growth, and community! In this immersive training, attendees will develop foundational skills needed to be an impactful Poetry Mentor who can remove barriers to self-expression, and encourage honesty from survivors of difficult life experiences. During the day's activities, registrants will also be writing their own poetry and will experience the relief and joy generated from Pongo's approach to therapeutic poetry. Join teachers, therapists, and other community members in this engaging training which has inspired over 85 poetry projects around the world!

SAMPLE AGENDA: (in Pacific Standard Time)

  • 10:00am   Module (Mod) 1: Introductions to Pongo
  • 11:15am   Mod 2: Fill-in-the-blanks & Gold’s Triangle
  • 12:45pm   Lunch

  • 01:15pm   Mod 2: FITB Wrap Up
  • 01:40pm   Mod 3: Group Poem How-To
  • 02:40pm   Mod 4: Outro—Resources, Q&A

COST: $200*

*Includes 2 free, one-hour-long consultations with a Pongo trainer to support you setting up your project.

ADD-ONS: (Prices are tentative)

Writing With At-Risk Youth ($33-shipping included)

Written by Pongo's Founder, Richard Gold , MA, Writing With At-Risk Youth (2014) is a time-tested, essential field-guide to starting your own poetry project.

Pongo 2.0 Materials Packet Print Out ($8-shipping included)

Participants not ordering the packet will either have to a.) print out the packet at their own cost or b.) have the electronic version of the packet digitally accessible while doing the training (not recommended for those with only one computer screen and/or those uncomfortable navigating multiple windows while in an online Zoom trainings).

Scholarship Application Process: To request a scholarship for this training, please email Barbara Green at executivedirector@pongoteenwriting.org Scholarships will be reserved for those intent on starting their own Pongo-inspired poetry project.

Trainers (Tentative)

Washington State Certified Instructor of ELA & ELL, Shaun McMichael has been engaging youth in poetry writing through the Pongo Method since 2007! Shaun approaches his role as a Pongo trainer with respect for the seriousness of the work, balanced with the joy possible when writing poetry with young people. With over 10 years of experience working with youth survivors of difficult experiences, including running his own poetry projects, Shaun is excited to welcome you into this life-changing work.

  • Asia Moore, MSW, MA+

Asia Moore holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California, with a specialization in Children and Families and a Master’s Degree in Positive Developmental Psychology from Claremont Graduate University. Ms. Moore has worked as a clinical social worker in both educational and outpatient settings for six years; her areas of specialization include trauma and crisis intervention, identity development in children and adolescents, multiculturalism and multi-systemic advocacy, and the use of expressive healing arts. She holds certifications in Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (C-BITS), Solution-focused therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Since connecting with Pongo Founder, Richard Gold, in 2017, Asia Moore has trained, studied, and implemented the Pongo Poetry methodology with thousands of students and clients in a variety of individual, group, clinical, and non-clinical based settings.

Ms. Moore has also worked within higher education for the past five years as a counselor and adjunct faculty member where she has designed culturally responsive programming, integrated systems of wellness into educational infrastructure, and facilitated trauma and culturally responsive teaching workshops for faculty and organizational leadership. Ms. Moore is currently pursuing doctoral study in Positive Developmental Psychology and Evaluation at Claremont Graduate University. Her current research has focused on adapting positive youth development frameworks to inform intervention science for educators and helping professionals, with a specific focus on cultivating trust, rapport, and agency through the use of the expressive arts amongst marginalized communities. For the past two years, Ms. Moore has applied her robust clinical expertise as an evaluation associate and qualitative consultant for the Claremont Evaluation Center. During this time, she has assisted on comprehensive evaluation projects for after-school programs promoting positive youth development amongst low-income, marginalized communities; her key efforts have centered on contextually responsive instrument development and implementation, as well as the facilitation of staff interviews, focus groups, and observations. Whether Ms. Moore is working with clients directly or helping design and evaluate more responsive programming, she identifies as a cultural storyteller and artist first and foremost and is committed to using the creative to arts to heal and advocate for the people and programs in the most need.

FILMING: Pongo 1.0's training will be recorded for educational and promotional purposes. By registering, you will give Pongo approval to record this event, still and/or moving images from which may appear in printed materials or digital channels for archival, educational, or promotional purposes.




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