How does The Wildling work?

The Wildling is a nonprofit corporation in Minneapolis serving students in grades  5-8. We offer expanded learning in two different formats: one-day workshops and four-week workshops. Wildlings who enter our program are coached through intentional listening, writing, and speaking exercises to craft and share personal stories with a mix of kids from all over the Twin Cities. By the end of our time together, every participant has gotten up to the microphone to share a story            in front of a supportive group of peers. 

Our curriculumdeveloped by a professional writer, a literacy specialist, and a middle school English teacherincludes improv games, writing exercises, meditation, workshopping, and plenty of time to practice telling stories aloud. Our staff to student ratio is 1:2, so participants get plenty of individual coaching. 

Wildlings walk away with newfound confidence and pride. Our goal is to show them that their voices and stories matter.  

Where is The Wildling located?

We believe middle school students deserve the opportunity to work in elevated, beautiful environments.

We have hosted workshops and events at ModernWell, Fueled Collective, and The Warming House.

What is the cost?

One-day workshops are $70. Four-week workshops (four consecutive Saturdays, for instance) are $250. We offer full need-based scholarships. We don’t turn any kids away.

What kinds of students do you serve?

We serve students from all over the Twin Cities. Our goal is to bring together students who might not usually cross paths. We’ve welcomed students from more than 24 different schools so far. 

Are there ongoing opportunities for middle schoolers who have taken a workshop?

Yes! Once you’ve taken a workshop with The Wildling, you are a Wildling for life. We offer Reunion Jams with themes throughout the school year so that participants can come back and tell another story in front of the microphone. Kind of like an open mic, but it’s just for middle schoolers. 

How did The Wildling start?

The Wildling was an idea that tapped on Megan Kaplan’s shoulder in 2018. A professional journalist, she thought developing a new truth-telling story sharing format for youth was compelling. She’s been running with the idea ever since.

Are donations tax-deductible?

Yes! We are 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 

What is your mission?

Our mission is to build confidence in middle schoolers and foster deep connection through the power of live storytelling. We do this by helping participants share their own stories with each other in a supportive, joyful environment. 

What is the impact?

We’ve anonymously surveyed every participant, and are proud that 100% of our Wildlings said they would recommend our workshop to a friend and participate again. Pinch us! See Mad Props for more parent and Wildling feedback.

Will The Wildling grow?

Yes! So far we’ve served 70+ middle schoolers, and we continue to host one-day and four-week workshops throughout the school year and summer.