Say Word Teen Slam Finals
Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (PDT)
Los Angeles, CA
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Say Word Teen Slam Finals: Saturday April 12, 2014 at 1pm
The top 9 poets across southern California from the Inland Empire, Los Angeles, San Gabriel Valley and San Diego go head to head in a battle of words to be apart of 2014 Brave New Voices Slam Team, competing this year in Philadelphia. Say Word finalist will perform 3 poems of original work, showcasing their individual struggles and triumphs to win the hearts and ears of 5 judges. These staples of Los Angeles will score each poem from a scale of 0-10 to determine the top 5 youth poets representing Southern California at this years Brave New Voices, as well as crowning 2014 Say Word Grand Slam Champion. The one-day only event will include some of LA's hottest DJ's, youth performances by Sessions LA Youth. this event takes place in the heart of downtown Los Angeles at the beautiful Rosenthal theater at Inner City Arts. Say Word has partnered with some of the finest arts education non-profits to bring you this exciting event, and spread awareness to teens that literacy and art is alive and thriving. All teens 18 and younger are FREE! Join us to witness the raw and unyielding voices of these finalist, and hear the stories of our city from the mouths of 9 phenomenal Say Word teens.
When & Where
Say Word believes in the importance of young people speaking for themselves. Its mission includes 2 distict goals that embody this belief:
1.Nurture free expression by empowering young people with the essential tools of self-expression so they are better equipped to tell their own stories, present their own lives, and share their opinions with a purpose; and
2.Provide safe spaces which encourage young writers to grow into future leaders with the ability to use their voice for self-improvement and social change. In developing young writers and creating safe spaces for them to express themselves.
Say Word targets different groups of youth in the following ways through its programs: By meeting youth where they are (in high schools) to bring the opportunity of spoken word poetry to under-funded schools with little or no arts programming; By reaching across the community to attract and invite youth who are curious about or interested in spoken word as a vehicle for competitive performance; and By offering free, informal educational opportunities for self-selecting youth from across the community to engage with each other in learning a new writing and performance art to empower themselves and elevate their voices.
For more information about Say Word and to find out how to support please visit www.saywordLA.org