Poeteen is an organization by and for teenagers in the Portland metro area. Our mission is to share poetry as a tool for self healing, creative expression, and celebrating identity. Additionally, we simply wish to celebrate the joy that is poetry.
Poetry should be an accessible and passionate pursuit for any teen who finds a calling to it. We want to help teens find that calling, and we want those who have found the deep pleasures and pains lying within the folds of a poem to spread the revolution by introducing it to more of their peers.
WHAT WE DO
Teenage Poeteen volunteers lead monthly poetry workshops at a local youth shelter. We study the art of poetry at these meetings by sharing some of our favorite poems and discussing them, finding new poems to analyze, holding free-writes and other collaborative writing exercises. These workshops are meant to create an welcoming creative space for self exploration, creativity, and learning about all the forms and joys of poetry.
At Poeteen, we want to expose teenagers to poetry and for teens who already have a passion for it to continue exploring their potential.
High school students volunteer to lead workshops at various shelters in the Portland area, including New Avenues for Youth. The goal is for teens to share the healing we have found in poetry with others, especially at at risk youth. We are actively working on expanding to more similar programs.
Poeteen was founded in 2015 by Sophia Mautz, a then junior at Lincoln High School. Sophia found poetry at a very early stage in her life, but never fully appreciated all aspects of it until high school. In high school, she realized how healing poetry could be. It helped her through the turbulent times of being a teenager, and allowed her to hold onto the beautiful parts of life. Poetry helped her in ways she can't even begin to name. She founded a poetry club at her school to connect her peers with poetry, but the turnout was not fantastic. More and more Sophia realized that poetry seemed to be a dying art among today's youth. So, she decided to start an organization that would not only revive the life of poetry among teens, but also have teenagers help their peers by introducing them to poetry and allowing them to experience its healing qualities.
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