The Writing Mentor Program was a collaboration between CSU students and at-risk community writers from The Turning Point Center for Youth and Family Development (a substance abuse recovery program) and the Larimer County Detention Center. The program paired a CSU writing mentor with an aspiring writer in a “distance” mentoring relationship, adapting the model forwarded by the Prison Writing unit of the PEN American writers’ organization for local populations. Community writers were encouraged to develop their basic and creative literacy skills through individual mentorship and collaboration; CSU students developed their skills as mentors and participated in challenging negative stereotypes about prisoners as they worked to increase access to literacy programming for at-risk populations. The project culminated annually with a collaborative publication co-designed by the mentors and community writers and was circulated locally.
If you’re interested in this program, contact the Community Literacy Center firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-491-7251