AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE
YOUTH LITERARY ARTS MOVEMENT
IN THE UNITED STATES SINCE 1999
Nkosi Nkululeko, 2016 NYC Youth Poet Laureate
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Our new monthly series designed for mentors, educators and community activists.
2016 PREEMPTIVE EDUCATION
CONFERENCE SERIES

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OUR MISSION
Urban Word NYC champions the voices of New York City youth
by providing platforms for critical literacy, youth development
and leadership through free and uncensored writing, college
preparation and performance opportunities.

UPCOMING EVENTS & WORKSHOPS

Day 1
25 Jul 2016
Day 2
29 Jul 2016
Day 3
29 Sep 2016

Summer Institute 2016 Week 1: Crystal Valentine & Steven Willis

Urban Word NYC’s Summer Institute is a two-week long writing, revision, and performance intensive camp. Participants will get to work with incredible poets like: Carvens Lissaint, Shira Erlichman, Crystal Valentine, and Steven Willis. In addition to working on their craft, participants will build community with one another and investigate what it means to be a young person in New York City, as well as what joy and celebration mean in an era fraught with political terror and danger. This camp is perfect for any teenager interested in being a part of the more vibrant creative community in New York City.

Preemptive Education Conference

Urban Word NYC, the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development and Columbia University’s Teachers College present the 2016 Preemptive Education Conference, featuring a dynamic weekend training series that engages the best practices in arts-based pedagogy, social justice education and culturally responsive teaching. This year’s theme is Radical Joy & Self-Love in the Age of Black Lives Matter. The annual conference is 4-day experience designed for educators, mentors, administrators, guidance counselors, community leaders, education students, hip hop and spoken word educators and practitioners, and anyone committed to urban education.
 

Each year, Urban Word champions the voices of more than25,000New York City teens in the art of spoken word poetry.

THIS VOICE IS ALL I HAVE.
I REALLY AND TRULY BELIEVE
THAT POETRY IS SAVING MY LIFE.
Nia Johnson, Student

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