Heard Em Say-Brave New Voices 2016

$4,440 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 20 people in 41 months
The Heard ‘Em Say Poetry Slam Team was created to identify, cultivate and exhibit exemplary teen poets from the Tampa Bay area in the regional, national and international youth poetry slam landscape. The team is committed to developing strong and creative writing with an emphasis on innovative, energetic and polished presentations. The Heard ‘Em Say Poetry Slam Team is designed to function as an extension of the show (adhering to show guidelines) and to represent Tampa Bay’s flourishing talent base of young, modern-day griots!

These youth have been assembled to represent the Central Florida region in the premiere youth poetry slam landscape called Brave New Voices!

Brave New Voices (BNV) is an international youth poetry festival 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. BNV also features International teams from Canada, Africa, the Polynesian Islands, and Europe, making it the largest and most diverse ongoing spoken word event in the world!

To attend and compete at BNV, teams must apply online at bravenewvoices.org. This year's competition which is being held in San Francisco, CA from July 18th-22nd will feature more than 50 teams from around the world!

Our expenses include:
Festival registration costs, which covers: lodging, 2 meals a day, local transportation, event tickets, and access to all events. Team registration cost is $2,750 and covers 6 team members (students) and 4 coaches (adult chaperones). The team registration fee is due by Friday, May 1st.

Transportation to BNV: Roundtrip flights to San Francisco, CA are currently around $475 per person (Southwest). Total estimated cost for 6 teens plus 4 adults is $4,750*. Southwest also offers 2 free checked bags.  We are also exploring the option of renting a van for sightseeing during our last day in the Bay Area.  The estimated cost of this is $200*.
(*Rate as of 01.28.17)

Incidental Fees: 1 meal per day and spending money is estimated at a cost of $200.00 per person, which is due by prior to departure.

We truly cannot thank you enough for recognizing and encouraging the gifts and talents of our youth. We hope you will partner with us as we cultivate the character and confidence of our teenagers, through the powerful vehicle of personal expression!

Thank you in advance for your consideration!

Walter “Wally B.” Jennings
Founder/Executive Director
Heard ‘Em Say Youth Arts Collective
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Greetings! We just wanted to take a moment to update you on our progress and say "Thank You" to everyone that has contributed to the campaign thus far: We are only 36 days away from the 2016 Brave New Voices International Poetry Festival in Washington, DC! This year's Tampa Bay team (check out the photo) consists of 7 students from 6 different High Schools from both the Hillsborough and Pinellas County School Systems! We are nearly halfway to our goal. However, we are still in need of contributions to cover the airfare for our trip. As you know, plane ticket prices increase significantly within four weeks of the anticipated departure date (07.12.16). To help avoid this, we would like to purchase our tickets on or before Tuesday, June 14th. Any assistance you are able to provide is appreciated. Also, we sincerely appreciate you helping us spread the word to your contacts. Be sure to check out our last show before the BNV trip on Friday, June 24th at The Blind Tiger Cafe in Ybor City. 730pm. Thank you. #heardemsay #2016 #votewithyourvoice
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$4,440 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 20 people in 41 months
Created March 31, 2016
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Slam Anderson
37 months ago

Go IN POETS!!! Ya did good, ya did realllll good. But ya neva know!

37 months ago
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Debbie Lum
38 months ago

Happy to help!

Shakira Williams
38 months ago

Good luck everyone and safe travels.

Constance Brasier
38 months ago

Best Wishes to the whole team and their sponsors.

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