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#OTGYpsi: 'Telling It' Program Provides Healing To Teens Through Art And Poetry

Oct 16, 2019

When young people experience physical and/or emotional trauma, it becomes difficult for them to express themselves.  After seeing a group of former inmates perform theatre and poetry, Deborah Gordon-Gurfinkel developed the "Telling It" program, which helps kids cope with their experience through the visual and performing arts.  She, along with fellow counselors Cozine Welch and Kelly Kundrat, talk about what the program seeks to achieve in this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi" with WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg.


Resources:

Concentrate Ann Arbor

Sarah Rigg's Feature Article: Ypsi-based program partners with formerly incarcerated writers to help youth heal through creativity

Parkridge Community Center

Telling It

The Michigan Review of Prisoner Creative Writing

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