VOICES FOR CHANGE is a social justice initiative led by YWP writers and Community Leaders that builds leadership, collaboration and audiences for you to advocate for positive change through writing and art, spoken word and publication. Speak out on the issues of our times -- climate change, racial and gender equality, school safety, creating a just and equitable world. NOTE: Voices for Change wraps up the 2019-20 school year earlier than expected due to COVID-19. YWP's live events for Earth Day on April 22 at Burlington City Arts have been cancelled, but please celebrate Mother Earth on line with this writing challenge: CJP-Earth.
AND ... SHARE YOUR VOICE ONLINE!
ABOUT VOICES FOR CHANGE
2019-20 WORKSHOPS, etc.
Led by YWP Community Leaders Hazel Civalier and Sophie Dauerman with VT Poet Lizzy Fox
- Thursday, Sept. 19 Climate Workshop at Burlington City Arts
- Friday, Sept. 20 at Global Climate Strike in Burlington
Social Justice Writing Workshop and Open Mic with YWP's Narges Anzali and Becca Orten! Thursday, Oct. 24 at Burlington City Arts, 135 Church St., Burlington. See the photos.
Gallery Walk at Burlington City Arts with YWP. Friday, Feb. 21. Apocalypse Diet: What will we eat? Guest curated by interdisciplinary artist Stella Marrs, Apocalypse Diet: What Will We Eat? investigates food systems—the processes and infrastructure required to feed a population—in light of imminent ecological crisis. Featured artists include Jane Adams, Suzanne Anker, Andrea Haenggi, Ellie Irons and Anne Percoco, Li Sumpter, and Candace Thompson who work in a range of media including installation, performance, video, participatory social events, and interventions. Apocalypse Diet seeks to reveal the critical importance of rethinking our relationship to food production and food culture as we navigate an uncertain future.
Celebrate Mother Earth on April 22 with this writing challenge: CJP-Earth!
Leadership opportunities include:
- Planning and hosting spoken word events and writing workshops
- Creating writing challenges on issues that matter to you and sending them out to the wider YWP community -- about 4,500 active users on youngwritersproject.org!
- Participating in youth and school conferences, marches, and community gatherings on social justice and climate change themes
- Advising Young Writers Project on ways to showcase young people's voices, art & culture
- Helping to raise awareness, tolerance and understanding in the YWP community and beyond
- Reaching out and collaborating with new partners - youth groups, schools, local nonprofits, other students - to share this work
Want to get started? Contact Susan Reid, YWP Executive Director, [email protected]; (802) 324-9538
Check out these Voices for Change pieces that have been published by YWP and our media partners:
- We the People by Sophie Dauerman
- To All the People Who Hate Muslims by Narges Anzali
- A Modern Master of Denial by Hazel Civalier
- Hey Politicians by Becca Orten
- I Am The One They Fear by Javan Nichols
- 55 American Flags by Charlotte Hughes
- Apology to the Earth by K. Cleveland
- White Guilt by Narges Anzali
- Your Example by Casey Brewer
- The Girl with the Black Headphones by Emma Schulze
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MUSLIM GIRLS MAKING CHANGE
Hawa, Lena, Balkisa and Kiran were students at two different high schools in the Burlington area, but they attended the same mosque and they shared an urgent calling to speak out about their lives as young Muslim women in a fraught, post 9/11 world. One night, they came to a Young Writers Project open mic and performed Wake Up, America! It was an incredibly powerful performance -- and they were launched!
YWP coached them and aided their passage to the Brave New Voices slam poetry competition in Washington, DC in the summer of 2016. Upon their return, their reputation as a powerhouse slam poetry group grew, along with requests for performances across Vermont and the US, national media attention, and civil rights awards. They all went off to college in 2018, but their inspiration lives on at Young Writers Project with Voices for Change!
Find out more about Muslim Girls Making Change:
SOME OF OUR PAST EVENTS
- CLIMATE CHANGE: Nov. 15, 2018 by YWP's Sophie Dauerman (sophie.d) and Hazel Civalier (Hazel.C.)
- SOCIAL JUSTICE: March 21, 2019 by YWP's Charlotte Hughes (LadyMidnight) and Becca Orten (Icestorm)
- POWER SQUARED CONFERENCE: May 1, 2019 with Narges Anzali (Nightheart), Charlotte Hughes, and Hazel Civalier
- ACTIVIST POETRY WITH ALEXANDRA CONTRERAS-MONTESANO: May-June, 2019, Alexandra (angelaweasley)
Young Writers Project is located at 47 Maple Street, Suite 216, Burlington, VT 05401