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 by a grant from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, with support from the Rowland Foundation, Amy E. Tarrant Foundation, The Bay and Paul Foundations and Physician's Computer Company, this program builds youth leadership, collaborations and audiences for youths to advocate for social justice and change. The project was sparked by the work and leadership of Muslim Girls Making Change. Among the programs: 

  • Leadership opportunities with regular meetings
  • Challenges in all genres of writing, performance poetry and digital media on youngwritersproject.org
  • Workshops and residencies for youths in storytelling, poetry and performance poetry
  • Events -- including open-mics and performances -- to showcase young people's voices and art, to share Muslim culture and to raise awareness of the individuality of young people
  • Partnerships with groups in Vermont and beyond

SoundCheck Workshop/Open Mic

A collaboration with Burlington City Arts, SoundCheck is a monthly teen writing workshop and open mic with Rajnii Eddins, YWP artistic director
Where? Burlington City Arts, 135 Church St., Burlington, VT
It's always FREE, always FUN, and there's always PIZZA!
Join us!
This year's dates (all Thursdays, 6-8 pm):
Sept. 20, 2018
Oct. 18, 2018
Nov. 15, 2018
Dec. 13, 2018
Jan. 17, 2019
Feb. 21, 2019
March 21, 2019
April 18, 2019
To find out more about SoundCheck and other events at Young Writers Project, contact: Rajnii Eddins
A sample from a recent open mic is below.