Writing & Social Justice Programs for Youth

The Write program

The Write Program Provides teenagers of color an opportunity to learn event planning, youth empowerment, and performance poetry. Students participate in a paid 7-week program addressing issues such as youth violence, police brutality, and other social problems affecting all people of color.

Mission:

The Write Program is geared to shape young artists into community leaders and change agents through performance poetry and Hip-Hop.

Results:

This program exposes youth to Chicago’s spoken word and artistic scene. Students have an opportunity to learn from international/national poets, authors, and visual artists. Students will also participate in organizing a monthly open mic, and a final event at the end of the semester. The culminating showcase allows students to learn how to spearhead their creative art shows while learning the business behind event planning.  After the program, many of the participants have become trained artists in Chicago, and others look to start a career in the creative writing field.

black girls restore(d) + write 4 justice

Black Girls Restore(d) and #Write4Justice are partnering together to create a safe space for youth to respond to social injustice in the moment of COVID 19, looting & national rioting. By bridging together creative writing, restorative practices and community organizing, we engage online learning as tools for resilience and healing. Our aim is to amplify the beauty and wisdom of youth. For more info, click link below to download.