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Elevating powerful youth voices in NYC through spoken word and the arts
We have seen poetry and spoken word change young people’s lives and the world around them. We know that young people engaging in spoken word wakes up entire communities. —Urban Word

Created in 1999, Urban Word uses the transformative power of the written and spoken word to offer young people in NYC opportunities to cultivate their voices, narrate their stories, and build pathways towards empowered and just futures. Their decades of work have elevated youth voices in NYC, and nationally, as leaders at the intersection of the literary arts, social justice, and civic engagement. They have served 150,000 youth since 1999.

Learn more about Urban Word and donate.