Disclaimer: Seating is limited at all venues. It's first come first serve. If this show is sold out, there are 9 other performances running concurrently at venues within walking distance on the University of Chicago Campus. For any questions, please contact our Program Associate, Brandon Santiago at firstname.lastname@example.org. PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE VENUE.
Brave New Voices (BNV) was created by Youth Speaks, Inc in 1998 after the inaugural Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam in San Francisco—the first poetry slam dedicated to youth in the nation’s history. Since that time, Brave New Voices has grown to represent youth from all across the United States and Europe, making it the largest ongoing spoken word event in the world. Brave New Voices brings together young artists, outspoken activists, educators, poets, and emerging leaders to the San Francisco Bay Area to participate in a celebration and demonstration of free speech, artistic empowerment, and youth voice. We will gather, commune together, speak to and with each other, learn about and from one another – we will speak a new world into being, and we will all be witnesses. This festival will create forums for dialogue, provide workshops for open and free expression, and facilitate conversations formally and informally that foster artistic and personal growth. BNV pulls together young people from throughout the United States and several international countries who celebrating literature and empower themselves through the written and spoken word. Brave New Voices reflects diversity as a value, crossing and challenging notions of ethnic, racial, and socio-economic division. Brave New Voices is for a generation of young people who reflect a new ethic of mutual respect, cross-cultural communication, sincere expression, social justice and radical love. Brave New Voices is for youth who speak for themselves. Brave New Voices focuses primarily on the power of young peoples’ voices both on and off the stage. However, each year we develop a sub-theme that runs throughout the festival, and that has emerged from the writings of the poets. We will hear on a National scale, conversations about the future of the country and the world. Brave New Voices is a chance for the next generation to speak about issues of education, detention, immigration, arts, politics and the environments in which we live.
Last year there were 750 participants from over 50 international communities. Participating cities included: San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, London, Miami, Washington DC, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Seattle, New Orleans, Detroit, Houston, Oakland, Santa Fe, Portland, Denver, St. Louis, Kansas City, Albuquerque, Hawaii, Hartford, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Phoenix, Nashville, St. Louis, Cleveland, Jacksonville, Charlotte, Madison, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Baton Rouge, Chapel Hill, Milwaukee, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Plymouth, Kalamazoo, Indianapolis, Ft. Lauderdale, Burlington, Newark, Watts, Fontana, Mendocino, Austin, Anchorage, Taos, Chico, Navajo Nation, Hopi Nation, Pueblo Nation, Chimayo, San Jose, Jersey City, Baltimore, Savannah, Mexicalli, Louisville, Amherst, Las Vegas, Eugene Canandaigua, Worcester, Leeds (UK), Mostar (Bosnia). Thank you to our partners:
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Leeward Community College
Leeward Community College Mission Statement
Vision: Leeward Community College is a learning-centered institution committed to student achievement.
Mission: At Leeward Community College, we work together to nurture and inspire all students. We help them attain their goals through high-quality liberal arts and career and technical education. We foster students to become responsible global citizens locally, nationally, and internationally. We advance the educational goals of all students with a special commitment to Native Hawaiians.
These core values shape Leeward Community College’s mission:
We value cooperation, collaboration, social responsibility, and concern for others as crucial elements in building a sense of community inside and outside of the institution.
Diversity and respect
We value individual differences and the contributions they bring to the learning process. We believe that our students are enriched through a diverse intellectual and social environment, where learning occurs through exposure to world cultures, and through interaction with peoples of diverse experiences, beliefs, and perspectives.
We value personal and institutional integrity by fostering a culture of continuous improvement to open pathways to student success. We hold ourselves accountable for providing a high-quality academic experience.
We value all students. We seek to meet their needs, as well as those of the community, by offering a diversity of courses, degree and certificate programs, and training opportunities, through traditional and distance education modes of delivery.