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 prep and performance opportunities.

WHO WE SERVE
Urban Word NYC serves aspiring young writers from across New York City’s five boroughs. It’s target population reflects the makeup of the public institutions from which they are largely drawn (40% African American, 20% Latino, 18% Asian/Pacific Islander, 15% White, 5% Middle Eastern and 2% Other), over 95% of which attend Title I schools (free or reduced lunch). In addition, UW also serves youth in homeless shelters or alternative incarceration facilities and hosts events for young people in a range of community centers, religious spaces and commercial venues across the city.

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

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