Split This Rock Youth Programs
Split This Rock is committed to fostering the voices of the next generation of poets. Our youth programs operate year-round to offer exceptional learning, writing, bonding, travel, and performance opportunities to young people interested in the power of creative language and movements for justice.
We sponsor the Writers' Guild, DC Youth Slam Team, Louder Than A Bomb – DMV, and The World & Me Poetry Contest. Our teaching artists and teens also host monthly open mics and poetry slams, and are frequently leading workshops, teaching classes, and performing for schools, community groups, NGO’s, and demonstrations. Our DC Youth Slam Team won 1st place at the 2014 Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival!
Watch this short video from NPR's Intern Edition highlighting what we do.
The Writers' Guild is a collective of 6-8 youth writers at different levels of expertise who will focus solely on writing as a craft. Through weekly intensive workshops developed from university style writing courses, the Guild students will concentrate on the goal of writing, revising, and understanding how to create a body of work and establish their unique voices. This program is for the student who is dedicated to writing and eager to crafting a book of their own work, but may not necessarily be interested in slam. Apply online here.
The DC Youth Slam Team uses poetry to teach and empower teens from the DC metropolitan area to speak up about issues of social justice. With annual travel to regional and national poetry slam festivals such as Brave New Voices, the team provides outstanding opportunities, training, and a platform for talented youth to develop their writing, performance, and public speaking skills with guidance from mentors and teaching artists. The team is a year-long program for students in DC and the surrounding counties in Maryland and Virginia (affectionately called the DMV area). Students must currently be enrolled in middle or high school and live in the area to be eligible for the team. Learn more here.
The World & Me Student Poetry Contest is an annual social justice poetry contest for students in two categories, those 13-18 years old and those 12 and under. Entry is free and online. Learn more here.
Louder Than a Bomb DMV Teen Poetry Slam Festival is our annual gathering of local high school slam teams and after-school poetry clubs. We work with teachers and schools throughout the DC area to organize after-school poetry clubs and prepare students for this big festival every year. Get your school involved here.
Hyper Bole is an individual teen poetry slam festival held in partnership with George Mason University. Teenage poets from DC, Maryland, and Virginia come together to participate in a series of preliminary slams, workshops, and open mics that will culminate in the Grand Slam Finals Saturday evening, where one student will be crowned the Hyper Bole Champion and awarded a $500 dollar prize! All day February 27, 2016. Register here.
Youth Open Mic Series @ Busboys and Poets
3rd Saturday of each month 5:00 – 7:00pm
Floetic Fridays Open Mic @ Metro TeenAIDS
Last Friday of each month 5:30 - 8:00pm
Learn about our Sister Cities International Arts Exchange with South Africa.
Split This Rock youth poets at the 2014 Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival.
The 2012 DC Youth Slam Team performing at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.