My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Get Lit Words Ignite, Los Angeles, CA, USA
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.