YOUTH SPOKEN WORD LEADERS PROGRAM
2019-2020 Application Now Open for Boston,
Worcester & Lowell
Apply by October 12th, 2019, 5pm
HISTORY & DESCRIPTION: Mass LEAP's Youth Spoken Word Leaders program seeks to support the development of youth not only as artists but also as organizers and teachers. We work alongside young people and provide them with opportunities to develop their leadership skills and sustain a thriving youth arts culture in the cities of Boston (4th year), Worcester (2nd year) and Lowell (first year, in partnership with FreeVerse!). The Mass Cultural Council has recently granted Mass LEAP a 3 year cycle of funding to produce this program, through their Youth Reach Initiative.
Youth Spoken Word Leaders receive stipends to participate in the planning and development of an ongoing open mic, workshop & youth poetry slam series. The Boston Youth Spoken Leaders was piloted as a partnership between organizers / mentors representing MassLEAP, Books of Hope, House Slam Haley House and If You Can Feel It You Can Speak It Open Mic Movement.
Due to Creative Spark Grant Funding from the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, was added in Worcester! Mass LEAP intends to expand this program to other Massachusetts Cities in the coming years.
The Youth Spoken Word Leaders Program is a unique, paid opportunity to:
a) Be mentored in; teaching artistry, event production, poetry, non-profit management and wellness by leading Boston as well as nationally recognized poets, teachers and organizers
b) Receive yearly stipend ($500, broken up into 4 bi-monthly payments) to manage a monthly youth workshop and open mic series in your City!!!
c) Responsibilities include; attendance, set-up and breakdown, promotion, outreach and event management, budget management and fundraising, writing, performing and being the keepers of safe space.
d) Have the opportunity to build organizational skills, while serving your peers who are looking for artistic opportunities!