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Phone: 207-774-6064
225 Commercial St Ste 201
Maine 04101

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Target demographics: We serve a diverse group of students aged 6-18 in the Greater Portland area that includes: children and young adults who are a part of Maine’s growing community of immigrants and refugees, students with emotional and behavioral challenges, students in alternative education programs, homeschoolers enthusiastic to join a creative community, and passionate young writers who want additional support and guidance.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,200

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: lend their time to our special events and projects with youth, teach a workshop, help with behind-the-scenes work in our office, or offer one-on-one support to a young writer afterschool.

Programs: Since 2004, The Telling Room has offered programs designed to improve students’ literacy skills and powers of expression, which are vital to their future success. All of our programs give students a chance to work one-on-one with adult writers, educators, and artists. At our writing center in downtown Portland, we hold fun, innovative workshops, offer afterschool tutoring, and host storytelling field trips for school groups from all over Maine. We also lead workshops, at local schools and community organizations; bring acclaimed writers to Maine to give public readings and work in small groups with student and adult writers; publish bestselling anthologies of student work; and carry out community-wide storytelling projects.

Research indicates that students who participate in arts programs like The Telling Room’s
• Are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
• Can raise their grades by one letter in the course of a school year
• Strengthen their problem-solving and critical thinking skills
• Are two times less likely to engage in risky behaviors

The Telling Room is a nonprofit writing center in Portland, Maine dedicated to students ages 6 to 18. With the help of local writers, teachers, schools, and community organizations, we offer free creative writing and arts programs that give young writers confidence, strengthen their literacy skills, and create real audiences for their work.

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When I moved to Maine from Vermont about a year and a half ago, I was so excited to discover the Telling Room. Nothing quite like it exists in Vermont, that I know of. I've been a writer and an educator most of my life and I jumped at the chance to be involved in TR activities. My TR volunteer ... more »
Volunteering at the Telling Room is a great way to engage with the Greater Portland community, to encourage folks of all ages to write more, share more. The staff there are extremely dedicated, and the youth provide a wealth of new ideas and perspectives. Field trips, potlucks, workshops, master ... more »
I volunteer my time at the Telling Room every chance I get, and have for more than four years. I love to help students find and write their stories and I love the magic that happens when they get to get up and read it. Each student grows an inch or two when the hear the audience's applause... more »
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