Our Story

The Wildling was an idea that tapped on Megan Kaplan’s shoulder. A professional journalist, she thought developing a new truth-telling story sharing format for youth was compelling. Along with her sister, Mekea Duffy, a literacy specialist and college professor xyz The Wildling was officially hatched in 2018. Our nonprofit is dedicated to changing the way kids share, dedicated to developing young voices and listeners.

The Wildling serves students in grades 5-8 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.

Our evidence-based curriculum—developed by a professional writer, a literacy specialist, and a middle school English teacher—includes 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.