YOUTH SPEAKS INC
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Youth Speaks create safe spaces to empower the next generation of leaders, self-defined artists, and visionary activists through written and oral literacies. We challenge youth to find, develop, publicly present, and apply their voices as creators of social change.
At Youth Speaks, the voices of youth matter. After eleven years of continued growth, Youth Speaks remains at the forefront of a dynamic and evolving movement offering young people the tools to profoundly articulate their relationship to the word in the world. Through myriad methods that facilitate the creation and preparation of work for public presentation as youth collectively and creatively engage the themes and topics most relevant to their lives, Youth Speaks has captured a moment in time when a cross-demographic representation of youth are actively embracing literary arts. As a national leader in this movement, Youth Speaks argues for a concrete and ethical understanding of language and community, one that requires creativity, response, action, and performance. In contemporary society, the youth artist/activist/educator plays a greater role in forging new language through the avenues of literacy and literary performance, becoming a model for the development of emerging voices. Through this partnership with the Ford Foundation, we can further expand the breadth and scope of a benchmark program that engage youth in this new movement in arts education, oral literacy, and positive youth development, and properly support the driving forces, transferable skills, and modes of literacy that are making the word a living, breathing part of young people?s lives in urban, suburban, rural and international communities.
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