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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 language.

We sponsor the 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!

Read about our BNV experience here

Watch this short video from NPR's Intern Edition highlighting what we do. 




Meet our Teaching Artists

Enter the World & Me Poetry Contest

Try out for the DC Youth Slam Team

Check out our Merchandise.




Youth Open Mic Series @ Busboys and Poets
3rd Saturday of each month 5:00 – 7:00pm

Busboys and Poets 5th & K
1025 5th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001 
Gallery Pl/ Chinatown Metro
Doors and list open at 4:30pm
Tickets $5, no refunds


Floetic Fridays Open Mic @ Metro TeenAIDS

Last Friday of each month 5:30 - 8:00pm

Metro TeenAIDS Peer Education Center
651 Pennsylvania Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20008
Eastern Market Metro
Doors and list open at 5:00pm
$FREE admission
Also free HIV & STI testing on site



Fly Language

Learn about our Sister Cities International Arts Exchange with South Africa. 

Our current team of teenage poets. 


 Split This Rock youth poets at the 2014 Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival. 


whats goin on now kennedy center photo

The 2012 DC Youth Slam Team performing at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.


dc youth slam team collage