County Proclaims “Pongo Teen Writing Day”

County Proclaims “Pongo Teen Writing Day”

A plaque from King County honoring Richard and Pongo's work in Juvenile Detention since 1998
2018 Director of King County Juvenile Detention, Pam Jones, presenting Richard Gold, Pongo's founder, an award
Director Pam Jones presenting Richard Gold with the honorary award.

On May 10, 2018, there was a lovely ceremony that honored Pongo for 20 years of service to the youth in King County juvenile detention. Pam Jones, Director of Juvenile Detention, and Wesley Saint Clair, Chief Judge of the Juvenile Court, officiated with great warmth. After a presentation to Pongo, our 20 guests were able to enter the detention center to hear Pongo’s writers share their poetry.

Among the highlights of the ceremony, King County proclaimed May 10th to be “Pongo Teen Writing 20th Anniversary Day”…

Also, the Department of Detention gave Pongo a plaque that honored our work by including a beautiful quotation from Wordsworth: “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart”… We will always remember this ceremony and be grateful for this expression of support. We believe in the transformative power of poetry for the youth in detention. Thank you for the love…