Voices For Change

Voices for Change is an initiative led by a core group of youths and YWP that seeks to help young people of Muslim faith and youths of color gain the skills, confidence and opportunity to express themselves and be heard. Funded, in large part, by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, and by the Rowland Foundation, Amy E. Tarrant Foundation, The Bay and Paul Foundations and Physician's Computer Company, this program is a long-term effort by YWP to build youth leadership, collaborations and audiences for youths to advocate social justice and change. This project was sparked by the work and leadership of Muslim Girls Making Change. Among the programs ongoing and planned: 

  • Workshops and challenges on youngwritersproject.org in all genres of writing, performance poetry and digital media (see some of the work by clicking the #V4C hashtag)
  • Workshops, courses and residencies for youths in storytelling, poetry and performance poetry
  • Multiple events -- including Monthly open-mics and performances -- in multiple venues to showcase young people's voices and art, to share Muslim culture and to raise awareness of the individuality of young people
  • Formal writing courses with Vermont Adult Learning
  • Partnerships with groups in Vermont, the U.S. and around the world
  • An appearance, workshop and performance of a Muslim artist in Spring 2018
  • Participation -- workshop and open mic -- at a multi-cultural conference on May 5  in partnership with Spectrum's MultiCultural Youth Center
  • A special mini-conference on May 11 at Burlington City hall featuring a workshop and performance by world reknown Muslim slam poet Amir Sulaiman as well as a forum, open mic and free food.

Second Thursdays SoundCheck Workshop/Open Mic

A collaboration with Burlington City Arts, where the events are held, this monthly event on the SECOND THURSDAY features a workshop by YWP Artistic Director Rajnii Eddins and an open mic performance afterwards. It will continue in September 2018.

Contact: Rajnii Eddins

A sample from a recent open mic is below.
Voices for Change youths and YWP Artistic Director Rajnii Eddins are developing challenges for the coming year to focus on social justice issues, Muslim culture and societal attitudes towards Muslims, challenges for youths of color

To access some of the content (YWP needs help, by the way, in editing sound and video from events!) go to this hashtag: #voices4change