Our Mission is to give young people the courage and confidence to share their truths and listen to each other with open hearts. To face each other with #nofilters.

We Believe

. . . that kids are the brave voices of our future. The Wildling will spark their creativity, kindle their ideas, and stoke the fire of their inner truths.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the foundation to developing an authentic voice. We help our Wildlings pay attention to the present moment and clear away self-judgment—like getting lost in stories we tell ourselves that aren’t true. Our curriculum incorporates proven techniques that are effective in calming the mind and opening an intentional path.

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You want to start fresh and free—to be unhindered in your ability to tell a story and create. 

- Megan

Equity and Inclusion

It is essential to our work that we establish an inclusive space and listen to people from all backgrounds. We believe in the value of bringing together a mix of Wildlings who are racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse. Diversity makes us better, stronger, and smarter.

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Knowing each other is the greatest weapon against indifference, discrimination, violence and fear.  Storytelling builds a peace bridge amongst young people.  It makes them feel safe and united.  

- Mekea

Learning Approach

The Wildling is not like school. It is not a writing workshop, a public speaking workshop, or a performance workshop. Wildlings do not need to love being on stage, putting thoughts down on paper, or standing at a microphone. To be a Wildling, all you need is a willingness to learn about yourself and others.

We celebrate all learners. We know that real expression, change, and growth occurs when participants are motivated and engaged with relevant content and exercises. Our curriculum is equally intentional and fluid.

Coaches guide Wildlings on their journey in whole group, small group, and one-on-one settings. Every Wildling walks away a better communicator with the world and themselves.

Knowing each other is the greatest weapon against indifference, discrimination, violence and fear.  Storytelling builds a peace bridge amongst young people.  It makes them feel safe and united.  

- Mekea

Values and Vision

Values: We believe that speaking your truth at a young age cultivates identity, empowerment, and self-love. We believe all voices matter, and that we are all better for truly hearing our own, and each other’s, truest stories. We believe that providing safe, supportive spaces for sharing and hearing each other - in person - is a rare gift for our adolescents in our current culture mediated by social media and constant access to global information. 

Vision: The Wildling is dedicated to developing young voices and listeners throughout the Twin Cities, creating community and connection by sharing our true stories, learning from each other, and feeling the power of being heard. We see a future where our youth can safely and authentically share their truths, in person, with each other.