18-year-old poet Unique Hughley of Kansas City, Missouri, wrote the above poem in response to what he witnessed at a demonstration in Ferguson, Missouri.
Now, it’s your turn. The Off/Page Project, our collaboration with Youth Speaks, is soliciting youth poetry in response to events in Ferguson. How do they compare to what you experience in your own community?
Learn more and send us your poem here.
In celebration of the one-year anniversary of the Off/Page Project, check out director José Vadi in conversation with Julia B. Chan from The Center for Investigative Reporting about the project’s successes this past year, including a 30-minute original documentary, 20 town halls at the Brave New Voices poetry festival (the global youth poetry event and competition produced annually by Youth Speaks), five online videos, three short films and a one-act play.
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Congratulations to the Off/Page Project and their one-year anniversary!
Check out footage from their Town Halls powered by Future Corps from #BNV14 below:
Congrats to the Off/Page Project! One-year strong and counting.
"I ended up getting an A- in the class, and I freaked out. It’s very painful for me to have an A- in a class I worked so hard at. I needed a 92.5, I was at a 91.6, and I imploded on myself. In the first month of summer I didn’t want to talk to anyone after I got my grades. My mother did not speak to me for three weeks. It was very painful.”
Hear amazing testimonies from young people across the world in this video documenting the Breaking the Cycle on the High School Dropout Crisis Town Hall on the high school dropout crisis from #BNV14 in Philadelphia.
These Town Halls were powered by the amazing young folks of Future Corps and curated by the Off/Page Project, make sure to follow them on Tumblr here.
The deadline to raise your voice for the Raise Up Project is THIS MONDAY, JUNE 30th! Enter here TODAY for a chance to be eligible to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and win a $5,000 educational scholarship!
Go behind the scenes of “This is Home” the play - a theatrical collaboration with Tides Theatre's #Storyworks project with The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) - in this new five-minute video shot by Jamie DeWolf!
Stay tuned for the online release of the full one-act play soon!
The latest from the Off/Page Project! Stay tuned for the full-length version of their play, “This is Home.”
Day 14 of #30for30BNV: “My school has more ___ than ____”
Today’s prompt is inspired by a report by The Center for Investigative Reporting on UCLA officials adding luxury and comfort to their travels as the UC system underwent one of its worst funding crises ever. Check out the full infographic here (http://bit.ly/Q6Quul) and read the full report here (http://bit.ly/P0vzrE).
Upload your photo/video response using the hashtag above and join the conversation!
Day 9 of #30for30BNV!
Today’s prompt: “Where does our silence live?”
This is inspired by the animated short “The Box.” Every year, thousands of teens are placed in solitary confinement cells in juvenile halls, jails and prisons nationwide. This animation tells the story of Ismael “Izzy” Nazario and the time he spent in solitary confinement in New York City’s Rikers Island jail. This story is based on an investigation by The Center for Investigative Reporting and was created using real audio from an interview with Nazario. It features music from Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def Official, and is part of a larger investigation on juveniles in solitary confinement.
Upload your photo/video response TODAY using #30for30BNV!
Thank you to everyone who has joined our #30for30bnv campaign so far! Here are the prompts for Days 1-4.
Today’s prompt - “My city is _____ but not ______” - is inspired by our documentary, “Broken City Poets,” analyzing the impact of economic downfall on the life and times of young writers from Stockton, Calif. Watch the trailer below:
Day 3 of our 30/30 poetry campaign!
Today’s prompt: How are/aren’t you a product of your environment?
Upload your response as a photo, video, or text using the hashtag#30for30BNV!
This is inspired by Joshua Merchant’s amazing poem/film “Product of His Environment” written and produced for The Bigger Picture campaign.
In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Off/Page Project is curating a 30/30 poetry campaign through social and digital media! Throughout April, we’ll be providing writing prompts supported by sourced reports and articles to highlight several of the Brave New Voices network’s national initiatives.
These prompts are to help YOU share your words and story in your own words.
Here’s some ways you can join the conversation using the hashtag #30for30BNV:
Upload a VIDEO of you and/or your friends reading your poem to Instagram or Facebook
Upload a PHOTO of your poem - or even just one line - to Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook
We’ll be highlighting responses throughout the month of April on our Tumblr and website - stay tuned!
Join Off/Page’s #30for30BNV campaign!