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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Humanities

Mission: Get Lit - Words Ignite fuses classic and spoken word poetry to increase teen literacy on the page and in visual media. We cultivate enthusiastic learners emboldened to inspire social consciousness in diverse communities.

Programs: Get Lit's In-School program and curriculum is a 12-week curriculum that aligns with the California State Standards and National Common Core Standards. It is one of the few standards-based programs approved to fulfill both english language and visual and performing arts content standards. In class, Get lit students select poems by Classic poets and writers, and then they write poems in response. This reflective and expressive process ignites a passion for language that fuels learning and a life-long love of poetry and literature.

As part of our ongoing work to dismantle systemic barriers to success for our students, in 2017 we pursued and received the approval of the University of California for our full-year Words Ignite course to be an official "A-G" provider, satisfying both the "G" General Elective credit as well as the "B" English credit. This is a major development since students in under-resourced areas are often not able to get the credits they need to graduate and attend California universities, because not enough required “A-G” courses are offered at their high schools. Furthermore, because of its track record of success in engaging students who are at risk of missing an on-time graduation, in 2018 the Los Angeles Unified School Board approved our curriculum as a certified Intervention Course for 9th and 10th grade.

Get Lit’s Classic Slam program began as an effort to increase the literacy rates of Los Angeles teens and fill the gap of declining budgets for arts enrichment programs. We focus on improving literacy, graduation rates, and the self-efficacy of low-income youth. The Classic Slam is the culminating event of our standards based in-school program and is one of the largest teen poetry slams in the world, and the only to combine classic recitation with spoken word responses. Over 8,000 teens from 50+ high schools throughout Southern California take part. The Classic Slam occurs every spring around national poetry month for audiences of thousands.

The Get Lit Players program is an award winning, professional performance troupe comprised of teenagers from high schools throughout Los Angeles County, and selected through a competitive audition process. The Get Lit Players travel across the nation performing Classic and Spoken Word poetry, inspiring their peers to read, write, be leaders in their communities and participate in the arts. They meet each Saturday, logging over 300 workshop/performance hours and performing for over 20,000 of their peers each year. They have been featured at the Hollywood Bowl, on the Queen Latifah show twice, and performed at the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and the White House. Every member has access to one-on-one college counseling through Get Lit's next step program. As a result, nearly 100% of our graduating Get Lit Players attend college.

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

From a student of the program to now teacher of the program, Get Lit undoubtedly has a positive impact on youth. I've had the privilege of working with this organization for over 10 years and within that timespan I've witnessed countless times the change it has made in classrooms across the country. The Get Lit Curriculum provides students with the tools to reengage with their education and regain control of their lives. I serve as an example of this miracle. I began high school hopeless and disinterested, earning less than a 2.0 GPA my sophomore year. I honestly didn't think I would get my high school diploma. That all changed once I joined Get Lit. The Get Lit Curriculum empowered me to share my voice and focus on my future. Because of Get Lit I've been able to perform at the White House, have my own play produced, and most importantly receive my high school diploma. I am forever grateful for what this organization has given me and it is a honor of mine to help give those same opportunities to today's youth.

Donor

Rating: 5

It's been about 6/7 years now since I first connected with Diane and team... and I cannot express how blessed I feel to be able to have gotten to know and work with them all these years.
They are an incredible group and organization of awesome people that truly care about the cause,  and making real and meaning impact on the kids and the community they serve!

They inspire me every time and I am grateful for their friendship and the work they do!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Get Lit is a truly wonderful organization. I've spent the past 5 years working with them on a variety of projects in the television and documentary space. The team is fantastic and the students who pass through this program and incredible young people. Love, respect, kindness, support and education radiate from this program. Not to mention the gift of some amazing poetry!!! The faculty truly care about the students and are so thoughtful and generous with their time. I cannot say enough great things and hope to continue working with them for many years to come!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Get Lit has been the connecting piece between my voice, my message, and the world. It’s members and mission have helped me share myself with others and voice truths that can only be voiced through spoken word. I am eternally grateful for the opportunities and experiences I’ve gained through working with them!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My experience with Get Lit started with hosting the Classic Slam preliminaries in 2017, and then hosting Classic Slam finals the following year. I was completely enamored by the competition, impressed by the dedication of staff, and inspired by the excitement and investment of the students. As a poet who's been in the arts and education community for 10+ years, no other organization like Get Lit exists. Their missions is sincere, and I have seen the impact that this organization makes on students first-hand, giving them tools to express themselves through writing and performance. These students are able to develop skills that will benefit them in any sector of their lives, and build relationships with other young poets who they can see themselves in. The level of community that Get Lit generates– uniting young creatives, professionals, and activists through the power of poetry, is exactly what I want for the entire world. I often think about what I would have been able to accomplish if I had Get Lit when I was in high school. I sure needed it, but I am equally grateful to be a member of this community as a learned professional, who can now offer experience and expertise. I have worked as a teaching artist and mentor, and from first-hand experience can say that Get Lit's teaching artists, mentors, and coaches are some of the best in the country– a few are my peers, and other have been my mentors in various capacities as well. Get Lit recruits the best of the best, and has been able to maintain consistency despite difficult circumstances because they are invested in their students. Even through a global health crisis, the overall time, dedication, rigor, and work ethic it takes to run an education non-profit did not waver, but adapt. I would love to see Get Lit expand their capacity to touch the lives of even more students. Students need an outlet. They need teachers who are highly trained and genuinely care. I'm thankful for my involvement with Get Lit, and gladly vouch on their behalf. We need the compassion and values of this organization now more than ever!

Advisor

Rating: 5

I'm a producer (A24 VAL documentary, Cinema Twain, Shakespeare High), an entrepreneur (SparkRIse.com) and an Educator (Co-Founder - VIP High School, CA Charter Teacher of the Year).

I've worked with nonprofits large and small but the simple fact is THIS.
When it comes to direct impact, transformational, data driven trackable results, pure creativity and innovation at all levels, well...Get Lit
towers among the rest. I've witnessed this up front, personal and first hand in our schools, communities and the City of Los Angeles. Now GET LIT
is poised to "move the needle" in Literacy and Arts on a global scale. Go GET LIT.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

GetLit Words Ignite awakens a flame within all writers, proving that literature can propel us to our dreams. GetLit taught me how to harness a voice I did not know existed, how to cultivate connections with strangers that are now lifelong friends. I've expanded my knowledge of poetry, performance, but more importantly how to be my authentic self through spoken word. Through this nonprofit I've strengthened my writing skills as a form of expression, preservation, and hope-- GetLit taught me how to find myself even when I didn't know I was lost in the first place.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Before joining Get Lit I felt as if I was in a constant state of imposter syndrome . I dealt with anxiety attacks that would make me shake when I talked to people. Big thanks to Diane Luby Lane and all the amazing people at Get Lit for seeing my potential and positively encouraging me out of my box. They have taught me coping skills I will use for the rest of my life. Get Lit helps people like me. I lived in Section 8, struggled financially, had a low self-confidence and was considering dropping out of high school . Get Lit helped me get poetry gigs that went to my bills, food, encouraged me to complete high school , and now I feel so much self-love I can't even believe I'm the same person. I have seen time and time again teens like me get the love we need to move out of tough situations. Get Lit is full of angels. This non-profit is a godsend. I don't know where my friends and I would be without it.

erikaabrams

Board Member

Rating: 5

Get Lit provides such a special place for young people to express themselves. It is so much more than a literacy program. It is a place of belonging, comfort and encouragement that envelops young people while helping them find their voice - in addition to increasing high school graduation, college acceptable and scholarship rates. Every conversation I have had with or around Get Lit has always circled back to the kids...the poets. They are at the center of all organizational efforts.

deltawright

Board Member

Rating: 5

Get Lit is a non-profit that expands our world and creates MAXIMUM JOY for its kids, teachers, schools and donors! Get Lit makes literacy relevant to young students by giving them voice. It amplifies their creativity and gives them a haven to express and develop themselves as confident young people. The Get Lit curriculum is financially accessible to schools, kids and donors. I love giving money to Get Lit because I know every penny expands exponentially to build a solid educational foundation for each student and from this foundation, each young poet generates a more dynamic future for themselves and for our shared world.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Get Lit when a friend invited me to see DANTE, a play written and performed by the Get Lit Poets. Not only was I blown away by the students' art and talent, that night, I was inspired to face a difficult personal decision that I had been avoiding. Later that week, I returned to a second screening of the play, and again was so impressed. I decided that I wanted to give back to the students and support Get Lit's mission in any way that I could, because they had given me such a huge gift. I decided that day to join their Free Verse Board for emerging professionals. As someone whose worked in education and coaching my entire life, I see Get lit as a model for what education should be - something that engages the senses, emotions, and imaginations of young people, as well as inspires them to be change-makers in their communities. Get Lit accomplishes this mission through a literacy curriculum designed to be simple, yet profound. Get Lit's programs and poetry competitions provide passionate young artists and creatives a space to develop their skills and have access to the equipment, mentorship, and resources they need to bring their visions to life - on paper on in digital media. This is exciting because it is art and media that influences culture, popular opinion, activism and ultimately policy reform that creates safer, more just communities. Get Lit's work in education goes beyond the classroom and cultivates students who are empowered to use their voice to make change in big ways. I am excited to volunteer my time in supporting their mission and vision.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Everything that Get Lit-Words Ignite does is golden! They are helping and inspiring young people throughout LA and the world. In a moment where everyone needs a channel of expression and connection, Get Lit offers both in the most profound and beautiful manner. Plus, Get Lit is consistently inspiring students to use writing as a tool of expression and healing. I am honored to work with them as a Board member, visiting artist and more.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

"Truly life-saving & changing" is not a cliche when describing Get Lit. As a student who grew up through Get Lit's Saturday Class, GLP, and now Literati program, I have witnessed firsthand the real magic that Get Lit shares with its young people.

My first big experience with Get Lit was when they came to my middle school. A handful of young adults built a stage with their words and enlighten a syrup-sticky auditorium full of pimply-middle schoolers. I was fortunate to be in the crowd because my school had Get Lit's curriculum. This show, also known as a Blitz, was electric! Mila Cuda, Pathum Madigapola, and Kyland Turner performed, sending their stories through the crowd like shock waves. Weaving what was original to them into poems.

I am now close friends to those 3 super stars. Because when you join Get Lit, you become family. In their Saturday classes, young writers grow beyond where their roots and love for poetry started. And you learn that your peers are not your competition, but your comfort.

All throughout my years at Get Lit I have felt at home(not a cliche!) Every single poet you meet sees you and welcomes you. Every teacher and staff member shines a light on your voice and guides you. I am the whimsical person I am because of Get Lit. Not because they taught me to be this but because their specialty is seeing YOU, that soft person hidden away inside themselves needing love to grow. And so I grew and become more myself and wrote and performed and still see myself today in every young person who needs poetry, who needs Get Lit.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been aware and involved with Get Lit - Words Ignite nearly since its inception. Founder Diane Lane and her husband Tim do amazing work to help young people gain confidence, a vision and a path to a better life. The Get Lit staff are selfless in their dedication, planning, organization and fulfillment and follow through of their plans. Every time I check in with Diane and the Get Lit players to see what they have going on and hear the plans and strides they have made, I am truly amazed. The work that is accomplished and the advancements that young people make are typically the progress that big corporations make. But they accomplish so much with so little because they share a passion and a heart for the opportunity and the chance to make a positive contribution to life and to the lives of others. This program provides an opportunity to positively affect generations. I find what they do and accomplish simply remarkable. They make a difference; a clear, positive difference.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter Violeta began her 5th grade below average in reading and fluency. With only 3 months of attending the Get Lit program in Fall 2016 her literacy and fluency scores soared up to above average by Spring. Her MAP scores in Literature, Informational Text and Vocabulary Acquisition went from 212 to 219 in one quarter.

I believe that Get Lit has given my daughter lifelong learning, in communication skills, and an increased self-esteem, inspiring her to question the “why” of the world. It should not be overlooked that Get Lit’s program includes teaching professionalism, respect and punctuality; values that should be instilled before our youth enter high school and begin navigating their future.

She has learned to engage in the critiquing process of writing such as the elements of fiction, poetry and plays. She has an awareness for social justice in today’s turbulent and inflammatory political setting. Violeta has learned to engage in meaningful conversations far beyond her age.

Most importantly it should be noted that the amazing, talented and truly caring, teachers are the real gems of this treasure of talent. Get Lit has created a priceless unique and safe space for our youth to create. Not only has she gained literacy skills, she has gained breadth and depth of humanity.

As a result, my daughter is now a 14 year old LatinX spoken word artist. At just 10 years old, she became the youngest performer with Get Lit-Words Ignite; performing classic and original poems to promote literacy and language arts in schools.
She is a published poet who uses her words to powerfully cope with stressors in her life and to advocate for humanity.​ She speaks on climate change, LatinX-girl power, immigration reform, DACA and gun violence. ​Most recently her poem on gun violence was one of 3 in the country chosen for publication by CNN​. Her most recent performances include opening for Jane Fonda and Joaquin Phoenix at Fire Drill Friday, speaking alongside Mayor Eric Garcetti at a Second Home gathering for the Environment, featuring at the National Teachers Association, the Long Beach City Council, and at A Day of Unreasonable Conversation at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, where John Legend opened for her. She was also a featured artist in an international Puma campaign with Cara Delevingne, recorded in London.

Follow her adventures on Instagram @LaPoetaVioleta

Advisor

Rating: 5

I was searching for a place to focus the girls’ boundless energy - where they weren’t just giving charity but seeing how much good work teaches you, gives you - much more than they can ever give, they receive - so that they give freely without it being “charity.” Diane Luby Lane, the Founder and Executive Director, changed everything for our family with regard to being in LA - our work, our spirit, everything. Our daughters volunteer, interned, take classes. We volunteer and wish we were young enough to take classes. The light GetLit gives is profound because it doesn’t only shine on those remarkable Poets but everyone it touches.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Electric, invigorating, game, Get Lit literally changes lives through words. I've seen countless examples of children whose lives are irrevocably changed for the better because of the curriculum, because of the teachers, because of the poems. Words heal. Get Lit inspires teens all over to be the best version of themselves and to create content that effects change.

Chris A.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family's experience of Get Lit makes us want to tell everybody about the amazing work this group of dedicated people do. Not only have their free poetry classes and seminars engaged our teen in writing and helped build self-expression and self-confidence, but we've seen these classes also foster a community of diverse, supportive peers. This organization is one of those rare groups that feels truly representative of the great diversity of Los Angeles, and feels welcoming to all. On top of their dedicated programs, they also organize a poetry slam competition in LA schools, and it's a highlight of the year for so many students. They have made writing and creativity fun and rewarding for LA teens and shown how it can lead to different careers..

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been with GetLit, Words Ignite for just about 6 months and have seen incredible impact on this community and with their students, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. GetLit transitioned quickly and efficiently to providing their workshops and events virtually. The Grand Slam was done so beautifully and the poets were incredible! Students are provided a safe space to be creative, explore, and build community. The artistry is inspiring!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I met Diane Luby Lane, the founder of Get Lit, when we were fellows in a leadership development program through the Southern California Leadership Network - a program of the L.A. Chamber of Commerce. I was captivated by the vision of Get Lit and profoundly impressed by Diane's commitment to excellence, her willingness to challenge herself and her openness to change as a nonprofit leader, which led me initially to volunteer and donate and finally to join her Advisory Board, where I have been proud to serve for a number of years. The mission of Get Lit - to increase literacy amongst high school students through an innovative spoken word and performance poetry program produces such extraordinary effects that it really has to be experienced to be fully understood and appreciated. I've had the immense pleasure of watching young students ( struggling with issues of race, gender, immigration status, poverty and homelessness) evolve into young adult leaders in the community and in many cases, launch artistic careers of their own. What I love most about the organization is its capacity to see beyond the current programs it offers and to continually evolve to meet the needs of the young people it serves. The establishment of the annual Classic Slam, the publication of "Get Lit Rising," the feature film production "Summertime" and the release of its first spoken word album "6 Feat," have all been the result of vibrant public/private/philanthropic investment and partnerships, which speaks to a capacity for collaboration which is key to the growth and endurance of a nonprofit. I can promise that anyone who becomes involved in supporting Get Lit will gain far more from the experience than they can ever give.

Tyris W.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The shortest answer is get lit changes lives. I have never met a more compassionate and caring person than the founder Diane Luby Lane! She goes out of her way to make sure you feel seen and included! As well as the numerous staff and board! They show up for you, which is wild cause that was something I had never witnessed before. To be honest I didn’t really show up for myself prior to get lit. I am so honored to have this org apart of my memories and heart, it has truly shaped me into the person I am today and I’m so grateful for all the opportunities and conversations I’ve had with them. Thank you so much!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Get Lit Words Ignite is a poetry education program that has touched the lives of thousands of youth poets that have either gone through their program or witnessed the youth poets' performances. As a Board Member, I've seen Get Lit grow from a grass-roots organization that survived on the passion of the founder, a handful of poets and volunteers. Now, just over a decade old, Get Lit has become a multi-faceted platform that is enabling poetry to be a vehicle for these young students' talents to lead to roles in: leadership, education, arts, activism, entertainment, music, brand building, and fashion. They are paving the way and enlightening the art and education world that poetry can not be contained in some dusty books or a small theater. The Get Lit poets are performing all around the world from their local schools, Lincoln Center, the UN, to the White House.

Through this program, lives are being changed. Students are encouraged and given the tools to find their "voice", build self-confidence, while honing their writing and critical thinking skills. With the support of their community of peers, teachers, and the Get Lit executive team, these kids realize they are not alone in their journey.

Unlike many kids in high-school that are under anxiety or burn-out from competing to get to a goal that they don't understand or believe in. These poets have inspired me with their talent, focus, and commitment to their craft. They are motivated by the sheer joy that comes from their art.

The relationships that I've had with the Founder and Executive Director- Diane, the executive team, and fellow board members are based on the shared tenets: passion for poetry, believing in the power of the arts to better peoples' lives, and commitment for creating opportunity for these kids.

Get Lit has a way of embracing you- making you feel like all of us have something to contribute and that each of our gifts are valuable. I feel lucky and honored to be a part of their community.

1 Carole J.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was privileged to attend the 2019 8th Annual Classic Slam (“Manifest”) in Los Angeles, where youth from over 50 LA Unified Schools performed & competed in classic and response poetry. Many of these students are recipients of “Lit Kit” in school curriculum. Amidst the electric creativity over 3 days, there were interactive workshops & panels on mental health. As an observer & writer, I was heavily impacted by the fierce power of self expression that emanated from each & every youth that filled the venue. Snapping, shouting, spewing outbursts of support they came together not to just necessarily win the competition, but to breathe fire into distinguishing themselves from others, wearing their personal beliefs, needs, fears on their sleeve, validating themselves & their concepts. The energy that jettisoned this event was palpable in a way that lifted & reminded me that conversations can change the world. We all have a voice yet the youth of this world have more to say. This is what Get Lit promotes, nurtures and embodies. There is no silence in their manifest, only encouragement for our youth to stand tall & speak up, more than ever, in a time & age when it desperately needs to be heard.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Get Lit is an extraordinary organization! Authentic to the core. I have witnessed young people in their programs find their voice and sense of leadership over and over again. Their programs are delivered with excellence and rigor. I believe deeply in the work of this organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Nothing but great things to say about this powerhouse organization. They do what they say and say what they do. Literacy is their goal coupled with the giving young people who feel silenced a voice. Not much could be better. My daughter grew tremendously in her time with Get Lit and their open arms helped her develop into a expressive woman. We continue to involve ourselves in their good deeds when possible. Simply can’t recommend them enough. All the people truly embrace the mission and the young folks who “graduate” remain active in Get Lit into adulthood because it feels like the home they may never have had anywhere else. I believe in this organization with all my heart.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Get Lit is a truly transformative organization. Both the scope and depth of their reach is remarkable. As someone who has been a student who participated in the Get Lit Classic Slam, a forum where I felt empowered to express my words and my voice, and an intern in the education department, I can say that every day I feel truly lucky to be surrounded by inspiring people and inspired poetry.

Mindy F.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter received top notch instruction and support. This program is incredible for young people. They make great friends and learn to work hard towards their goal.

themiriam

Client Served

Rating: 5

Get Lit - Words Ignite is a fantastic organization. It's about poetry and literacy, but it is also about empowerment, inspiration, coming into your own. As someone who has gone through the program, I can confidently say that Get Lit has changed my life. I have met countless mentors and made lifelong friends at Get Lit. Performing with people and writing poetry together brings you so much closer to the people around you. There is nothing else like it. Get Lit has given me life long skills. It has taught me how to believe in myself, how to collaborate with other people, how to write and edit my work, how to get feedback and adjust, and how to trust the process. It has given me work experience by allowing me to freelance and perform poetry at different venues. Additionally, the film program gave me an opportunity to make movies and collaborate with poets. We were flown to San Francisco to present our film at the Student Voices Summit, where we won first place. Get Lit gave us the resources to make stuff and get our art out there. Get Lit is truly a remarkable organization that provides so many opportunities for young people, it's almost impossible not to get involved and grow as a poet, a performer, a filmmaker, an educator, and simply as a person.

1 Barbara W.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to Get Lit and recently hosted a fundraiser at my home for them. It was an extraordinary event with fantastic musicians, such as Jackson Brown and Barbara Morrison and the incredible Get Lit players. As the widow of a politician I have been involved in many fundraisers, either as a donor or as a recipient and it is always my primary concern that the maximum amount of money goes toward making positive change. I can say unequivocally that I have never felt more satisfied with the bang I got for my buck in contributing to Get Lit. The impact this organization has on the lives and destinies of young people is nothing short of phenomenal. To see teenagers learning great literature and using it as a tool to tell their own stories is a beautiful thing. I wish every high school in America could have a Get Lit program in their curriculum.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been working with Get Lit-Words Ignite for over 9 years and it has developed me into the artist I am today. From being in this program I have received the opportunity to be mentored by masters within the field of performance poetry. It has enabled me to travel cross country speaking and facilitating workshops for countless youth. Most of my identity has been inspired by the lessons and skills I have learned in Get Lit. I wouldn't be the artist, much less the person, I am today.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Get Lit is an incredible organization that helps youth find their voice. Building confidence , critical thinking and artistic creation. They do a wonderful job and I could not sing their praises more.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Get Lit - Words Ignite absolutely changed the entire course of my life.

I met Get Lit when I was just 18 years old, when I auditioned to become a Get Lit Player. The Get Lit Players are a traveling troupe of poets who go around schools in the greater Los Angeles School District and beyond to perform poetry, speak about their lives, and get kids excited about literature and literacy. I, thankfully, made the team, and little did I know, it would change everything about my world.

I started getting paid to perform my poetry in front of hundreds of people, was flown out to New York to see the last night of Hamilton with the original cast, and as a result, now work in non-profit development, as well as teaching and performance artist work.

If I had never met Get Lit, I have no idea who I would be as a person, or what I would be doing. Get Lit helped me find my voice, and made me aware that I even had one. And after helping me find it, Get Lit also helped me amplify my voice by offering support spaces and platforms for voices like mine to speak.

Growing up in an Asian American household, I did not get a lot of reinforcement to speak my mind or talk about how I feel. My expression was repressed. Get Lit feels like coming up for air when you've been holding your breath underwater.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am lucky to say I have experience with Get Lit as both student and teacher. In high school, their curriculum helped me realize that poetry was an art that I loved and cherish to this day. I fell in love with the work that I began to volunteer and tried out for their poetry troupe. Through this group I received professional writing and performance training for free!! Following this I was able to receive professional development and eventually work with the organization as a teaching artist. This organization has helped develop me from high school through college. The staff was loving and the mentors were brilliant. I have nothing but good words about this organization!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first got to know Get Lit several years ago when I began volunteering for them. Get Lit is not simply a curriculum that stems the increase of illiteracy in "at risk" youth. It is profoundly effective in motivating students to read more, learn more, write more and build confidence in themselves. Get Lit is a community that embraces all who participate in it. A safe haven where youth can express themselves and be embraced. The program turns out some of the most incredible "spoken word" poets who must be seen and heard to truly understand the scope of this amazing organization. I am profoundly moved by the important work Get Lit does and the results I see in front of me on a daily basis.