Soul Therapy: Children's Aid Society Creative Writing Programs Encourage Self-Expression through the Written Word
“The reason one writes isn't the fact he wants to say something. He writes because he has something to say.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald
It has been said that music soothes the mind, but writing heals the soul. Whether through journal writing or poetry, short stories or plays, or even that first novel – writing is the art which has the power to fuel our need for self-expression, creativity and empowerment. Everyone, young or old, has a story or two to tell and the creative writing programs offered by The Children’s Aid Society provide a wonderful opportunity for young people to tell their story, express grief/frustration, foster creativity – all through the written word.
Creative writing is also an excellent rehabilitative tool. The Children’s Aid Society’s after school programs provide students with many writing and reading opportunities: book clubs, play- and screen-writing, drama clubs and performance poetry. Children’s Aid also has partnered with Voices Unbroken, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing underserved youths aged 14-21 (the “unheard voices”) with tools and opportunities for creative self-expression. Through this partnership, South Bronx foster care youths at The Children’s Aid Society’s Next Generation Center (NGC) have access to experienced teachers and writers. Students attend local poetry readings, share their own creative work with peers and have exposure to new forms of literature. Minds are opened. Souls are unburdened. And, every so often, a real artist is born.