I was fortunate enough to connect with Lynne Golodner and One Earth Writing earlier this spring in the hopes of somehow integrating her program into our Religious Diversity Journeys program. For the past three years I have been imagining a way for our participating students to reflect on the faith traditions that they learn and experience with a deeper hope of these reflections becoming a means for them to understand their shared faith values. I could not be more pleased and thrilled with Lynne and One Earth Writing. The writing component that we have added to this program is by far the best addition that we could have made. Listening to our 600 students share their reflections and thoughts through their stories and poetry has been the most rewarding experience that I have had while directing the Religious Diversity Journeys program over the past 4 years.
To know that these seventh graders are truly learning about and understanding one-another on a deep and significant level would not have been possible without the expertise of Lynne and her One Earth Writing team! I can not wait to see what the remainder of the year holds for us and eagerly await working with One Earth Writing in the years to come!
For years I have been imagining a way for our students to reflect on the faith traditions they experience with a deeper hope of these reflections becoming a means for them to understand their shared faith values. I could not be more pleased and thrilled with the addition of One Earth Writing to our Religious Diversity Journeys program. The writing component that we have added to this program is by far the best addition that we could have made. Listening to our 600 students share their reflections and thoughts through stories and poetry has been the most rewarding experience I have had while directing this program. These seventh-graders are truly learning about and understanding one another on a deep and significant level, which would not have been possible without the expertise of Lynne and her One Earth Writing team!
Meredith Skowronski Program Director, Interfaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit
As someone who loves literature and connecting with other cultures, the One Earth Writing Ambassadors program has been one like no other. What makes the program so special and fun for me is the fact that is gives me the opportunity to spend time with other children close to my age who share the same passion for writing. It is in this way that OEW is different than a classroom; everyone is there because they want to be there -- they genuinely love writing and are eager to learn more. I appreciate the opportunity to get feedback on my writing, as well as the exposure to other people's styles and techniques.
I would recommend this program to anyone who is passionate about writing and willing to open themselves up to others' mindsets, cultures and more. Whether you've been writing since adolescence or it's something you are just getting into, apply. No matter your experience level, you'll gain a lot of knowledge from the program. If you're looking for a safe, judge-free environment (with great food, too), then this is the program for you.
Ashleigh Garrison, One Earth Writing Ambassador 2016-2017
I don't believe we've ever met personally. My daughter Jillian is a part of your "One World" writing program for teens and I just want to let you know how grateful I am to you for giving her this wonderful opportunity. I think that your program has helped her to come to the realization that writing is a huge connector! Since she has begun with you, Jillian has entered a national writing contest through school (her paper was a letter to Malala discussing how her book I Am Malala impacted her) and she has also started her own blog!
I am so excited that she will be interviewing a refugee and sharing in a Muslim-Jewish program! What incredible experiences these promise to be!
Anyways, just wanted to say thank you for what your program seemed to open for her. I hope to meet you one day soon.