Green Earth Poets Cafe Classic Slam
Green Earth Poets Cafe exists to promote literacy, self-confidence, communications, community, and educational development among young people in disadvantaged areas of NYC through the performing arts. We assist in the development of creative writers and inspire, encourage, and empower youth ages 10-18 to discover their voice and to express this voice poetically.
The communities of Crown Heights, Bed Sty, and Brownsville Brooklyn, NY school districts have some of the highest absentee rates and some of the lowest reading and math scores in the city.
"Our youth are slamming" are in school literacy programs that teach slam poetry skills to children which increases reading, writing, educational development, self-confidence , self-esteem and public speaking ability. In addition, "No more silent voices" a poetry workshop developed for incarcerated youth July 2014 at Rikers Island prison. Our youth have a lot of issues and concerns they are dealing with in these communities. Our program gives them a platform and opportunity to express those concerns in a safe supportive environment. Our programs will increase reading scores, attendance, and educational achievement. See CNN link Expressing loss, anger through slam poetry . The program culminates in a slam poetry competition by the students, judged by poet professionals and teaching professionals. The support for our youth are slamming program will allow Green Earth Poets Cafe to add staff, activities and purchase equipment that will motivate young people to choose a path that leads to their success. We partner with educational institutions to serve children in under performing schools where 75% of 3rd to 8th graders are reading below grade level according to the NYS common core August 2013 test results. Many of these institutions do not have the resources for these children in disadvantaged areas. Please help us, help them. There is a correlation between crime and illiteracy and we are doing our part to eliminate both illiteracy and crime. Please give today to our cause. "Our youth are slamming" literacy program. No donation is too great or too small. For additional information please visit www.greenearthpoetscafe.com
Green Earth Poets Cafe sponsors free monthly poetry workshops for youth ages 8-19 and solicit your financial support. Your support will make all the difference for our youth. Please give today. No donation is too small. Our youth are slamming because our youth matter.
Green Earth Poets Cafe is proud to inform you that "No More Silent Voices", our poetry program for the incarcerated at Rikers Island prison has been going well thanks to your gifts and donations. Since July 2014 we have seen on average 30 inmates per month, encouraging them with poetry, music, comedy, dance and song. We have seen the faces of countless youth and adults smile with joy as we get them to rap, spit, and sing with us at the following facilities at Rikers. We have visited the RNDC, GRVC, ESH OBCC and Rose Singer facilities and look forward to continuing the program at Rikers Island. However, we need your financial help. Please donate today.