Through Dream Keepers, Author and Coach Rochelle Melander teaches young people how to use writing to make sense of their lives and capture their dreams.
Teachers: Learn the Dream Keepers Process
I can help.
I’ve been teaching writing to young people since 2001, and have developed tools and exercises designed to engage distracted, low-performing students.
The Dream Keepers Creative Writing Workshop unites parents, teachers, and professional writers-in-residence to teach youth how they can transform their lives and their communities through writing. Dream Keepers opens up quiet, safe spaces for young people to read and write and provides them with an online venue for sharing their work. The Dream Keepers have had great success—they have been featured twice on WUWM’s Lake Effect and were winners in Schwartz bookstore’s 2008 six-word memoir contest.
A Note from Dream Keepers’ Founder, Rochelle Melander
I started Dream Keepers in 2006 with a small group of teen girls from Milwaukee’s inner city. We named ourselves “Dream Keepers,” after a poem by Langston Hughes. Hughes believed that writers were the dream keepers of the community. We are! As someone who makes a living as a writer and coach—a dream keeper—I want to support young people in becoming dream keepers. I have no doubt that this work transforms lives right now. And I know that Dream Keepers will grow. It has to—Milwaukee’s 8th-grade African American students score the lowest in the nation in writing. That’s crazy—and wrong. Dream Keepers can change that. Then we can work on my other dreams for the program—becoming a national program to transform the lives of young people through writing.
Why do teens need to write?
Join us! Who knows what you’ll achieve?
Young people from 5th-12th grade are welcome to participate in our Milwaukee classes. The program is free and open to the public. Classes are held during the school year at two branches of the Milwaukee Public Library, Capitol Drive Library (3969 N 74th Street) and at Mitchell Street Library (903 West Historic Mitchell Street). Please check our blog for updates.
Invite Rochelle to bring the Dream Keeper’s experience to your school or library!