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OUR MISSION:

Urban Word NYC champions the voices of New York City youth by providing platforms for critical literacy, youth development & leadership through free & uncensored writing, college preparation & performance opportunities.

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On site & educator workshops

 

Each year, Urban Word champions the voices of more than

25,000

New York City teens in the art of spoken word poetry.

 

 Founded in 1999, Urban Word NYC is one of oldest and most comprehensive youth literary arts organizations in the United States. Home to the largest teen poetry slam in NYC and the National Youth Poet Laureate program (now replicated in over US 40 across the nation), Urban Word works with 25,000 teenagers annually across the five boroughs of New York City. For the past two decades, Urban Word and it’s community of poets, activists and educators has stood firmly at the forefront of the national youth spoken word movement. This 20th Anniversary video by HBO brings together many of the leaders in our community to reflect on the last twenty years of our work.

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