Lauren May and Asha Gardner have been members of the DC Youth Slam Team. DCYST is the current 2014 Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Champions. Watch videos here.
DCYST 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. Interested in joining the team? More information is avialable here. If you need more information, email SLAM@splitthisrock.org.
The team is the current 2014 Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Champions. Read about their win here. Watch videos here.