Our Programs

 
 

maya-baraka writers institute

The Maya-Baraka Writers Institute (MBWI) is a 5-week intensive summer writing program in Baltimore, MD dedicated to honoring the rebellious spirit of Amiri Baraka and the life-changing beauty of Maya Angelou. MBWI will hire 30 student-writers to participate in a series of poetry workshops and cultural activities led by Baltimore artists. MBWI strives to increase knowledge of contemporary and historical poets, poetic devices, social issues and art movements. MBWI focuses on providing context to art as activism that is accessible and relevant for millennials.  MBWI students are paid a stipend of $1,500 to participate in the program. MBWI is a summer program of Dew More Baltimore in partnership with Youth Works. Students should apply to Youth Works in order to get a slot in this program.

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dewmore baltimore youth poetry league (dbypl)

The DewMore Baltimore Youth Poetry League and Festival (Formerly Louder Than a Bomb-Baltimore) engages youth in middle schools, high schools and churches in the power of poetry. Poets receive monthly dynamic writing and performance workshops from acclaimed artists that will expose poets to complex concepts,  advanced vocabulary and critical analysis. The program creates a safe space for poets to explore who they are and where they are from on a local and national platform. Using slam as a vehicle to self discovery, poets exercise the art of "truth-telling." With the support of the school's lead coach, a teaching artist and a community of writers,  every moment of development - from the page to stage -  is guaranteed to be a transformational experience. For more information about the program click here

The  program:

  • Creates a safe place for youth to discuss issues impacting them, their peers, their community

  • Brings award winning professional artist to your school or church twice a month

  • Allow students to build relationships with other students from around the region

  • Make literacy and community engagement exciting

  • Provide students a year-round platform to share their story and inspire thousands!

  • Provide professional development for your school coach

  • Assist in organizing incredibly powerful events at your school (up to 2)

 

yOUTH pOET lAUREATE

The Youth Poet Laureate program appoints a youth from the age of 13-19 every year to represent Baltimore on a local and national platform. Every February, City Hall hosts 12 creative, honest and powerful youth voices to compete for the title of Baltimore's appointed Youth Poet Laureate. The Youth Poet Laureate will be responsible for being a youth ambassador of Baltimore's art and culture community as they speak, share, and build locally and nationally. The YPL will receive a cash prize, a national book deal, an opportunity to represent Baltimore internationally, have their photo and poems placed in the window of the Enoch Pratt Library and will perform on a local Enoch Pratt Library Tour that will bring this powerful experience to the community.

 

 

YOUTH POETRY TEAM

The DewMore Baltimore Youth Poetry Team  is a youth program that engages youth between the ages of 13-19 who live in or around Baltimore City who are passionate about writing, performing and advocating for change in their community. The team  is led by published authors and award winning professional writers. The team  is developed from the national best practices of Positive Youth Development and is dedicated to using poetry to develop youth’s emotional, cognitive, and social skills.

The team is selected from a youth poetry slam held each year in April. The slam is open for registration in early May for all youth poets that are interested. The top 5 poets from this slam create the Baltimore  Youth Poetry Team. The team meets weekly upon being selected with the assigned coach. Every year, the program sends a group of talented youth poets to the largest international youth poetry slam festival, Brave New Voices. Baltimore won the 2016 Brave New Voice competition.

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