One Earth Writing’s programs immerse teens in the exploration of thought and belief, building conversation and connection on the basis of commonality rather than difference. To preserve our programs and extend our reach to further serve youth in southeast Michigan, we spent an afternoon training new writing instructors and camp counselors, for our upcoming summer writing camps. One June 5th, our CEO and Founder Lynne Golodner, facilitated a four hour training for eight instructors, two of which are former One Earth Writing Ambassadors who will teach at our summer writing camps in July.

Together, trainees explored how our program curricula uses writing as a tool to generate mind-opening conversation and exploration among teens who are already searching for purpose, value and meaning. Lynne offered in-depth training in OEW custom curricula, along with guidance and tools to engage instructors in the kind of connection and educational workshop needed to reach teens and inspire them. This training focused on building sensitivity through language and using of writing to build connection and community.

The goal of this training is to help employees embody OEW’s mission and guide instructors to facilitate conversations, not only in word but in action, as they go on to lead writing workshops. By providing our future employees with this opportunity, we hope to significantly enhance our program objectives while offering each instructor the opportunity to further develop their leadership skills and careers. Engaging our former Ambassadors who have recently graduated high school is another way to continue the impactful work they experienced in our program before leaving for college.

If you would like to apply as a One Earth Writing instructor, please email Lynne at Lynne@OneEarthWriting.org