CoolCLE PODCAST #29: Lake Erie Ink’s Creative Writing Workshops for Teens

This week, we’re talking to Amy Rosenbluth, Executive Director of Lake Erie Ink, a not for profit with a mission to provide creative expression opportunities and academic support to youth in the Greater Cleveland community.

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Amy Rosenbluth has worked with youth during both in-school and out-of- school time programs since 1991. She created the Youth Leadership group and mentoring program for the Shaker Heights Youth Center and has been facilitating Teen Poetry Slams in the Heights area for over 18 years. A credentialed 7-12 English teacher and prevention certified youth advocate, Amy is co-founder and oversees all operations of Lake Erie Ink. She believes that all youth have stories that deserve to be heard and uses creative writing as a way to make that happen.

It’s widely known that reading helps children develop writing and vocal skills, but creative writing has shown to help develop cognitive growth, organizational skills and soft skills like persuading others, communication, problem solving and emotional intelligence. Organizations, like Lake Erie Ink, also facilitate added academic benefits as a national study by Stanford University showed that children involved in a non-school, arts-based community program are 4x more likely to be on the honor roll, 4x more likely to participate in STEM activities, and more likely to score higher on college admission tests.

Lake Erie Ink puts on various events like writing workshops and open mics for the participating children and teenagers like the Teen Open Mic happening on April 26th at Coventry Peace Park. We’ll hear more about Lake Erie Ink, its work in the community and events coming up in the next couple of months.

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We also have music from Shy Moon with a track from Winter Moon.

And the second single from Michael McFarland‘s House of Ghost called “Fresh Out of Love Songs” available from April 13th at several local record shops, including A Separate Reality in Cleveland, My Mind’s Eye in Lakewood, and Record Den in Mentor.

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