Register for the Ignite Pongo Training Series!

Register for the Ignite Pongo Training Series!

June 4th Ignite Pongo Training Series Flier
Tickets & Registration

Join Ignite Pongo on Saturday June 4th to learn foundational techniques to facilitate personal, healing poetry in your classroom, therapeutic practice, or community space.


Pongo Overview

Pongo Poetry Project is a Seattle-based nonprofit that uses personal poetry to facilitate healing among youth coping with devastating traumas. Our mission is to engage youth in writing poetry to inspire healing and growth.

At the heart of our program is the Pongo Method, a trauma-informed technique for teaching poetry, created in consultation with psychiatrists and researchers from the University of Washington. Pongo’s approach offers youth a safe, gratifying way to express feelings about some of the worst experiences imaginable, including abuse, neglect, and exposure to violence.

About Ignite Pongo

Ignite Pongo attendees will learn and practice Pongo techniques which facilitate powerful personal poetry that inspires healing, growth, and community! In this immersive training, attendees will hone their skills as a Poetry Mentor, learn how to remove barriers to self-expression, and encourage honesty from survivors of difficult life experiences. During the day’s activities, participants will also write their own poetry and will experience the relief and joy that comes with the Pongo Method.

Check out our FAQs for more information on the history, evolution, and purpose of the Ignite Pongo Training Series.

Meet Your Trainers

Aisha Al-Amin

Aisha Al-Amin is a full-time student, non-profit professional, and poet. She has spent the past five years working with Black and brown youth and their communities as a facilitator, program organizer, and fundraiser. She is currently the Interim Program Manager at Pongo Poetry Project where she supports with the coordination, facilitation, and oversight of their programs. She volunteers as a board member with AFP Advancement NW and as a mentor with Young Women Empowered.


Partial scholarships are available. To request a scholarship for this training, please fill out the scholarship application via this link. Applications are due by Friday April 22, 2022.

Scholarships will be reserved for those intent on starting their own Pongo-inspired poetry project.

Training Materials & Add-Ons

Writing With At-Risk Youth ($34.95): Please purchase via Amazon.

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

Ignite Pongo Training Participant Materials Packet ($10-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. We highly recommend this packet accessible in print-form as we will be referencing it throughout the training. Relying on just the electronic version during the training is not recommended for those with only one computer screen and/or those uncomfortable navigating multiple windows while in online Zoom trainings).


This training will be recorded for educational purposes. By registering, you 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, community building, or promotional purposes.

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