MISSION

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

 

WHO WE SERVE

Urban Word NYC serves aspiring young writers from across New York City’s five boroughs. It’s target population reflects the makeup of the public institutions from which they are largely drawn (40% African American, 20% Latino, 18% Asian/Pacific Islander, 15% White, 5% Middle Eastern and 2% Other), over 95% of which attend Title I schools (free or reduced lunch). In addition, UW also serves youth in homeless shelters or alternative incarceration facilities and hosts events for young people in a range of community centers, religious spaces and commercial venues across the city.

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RECENT NEWS

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AMANDA GORMAN NAMED NATIONAL YOUTH POET LAUREATE!

Last night in New York City, at a historic ceremony at Gracie Mansion, nineteen-year-old Amanda Gorman of Los Angeles was named the first national youth...

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NYC YOUTH POET LAUREATE SHARON LIN FEATURED IN THE DAILY NEWS!

Sharon Lin delivered an inspirational reading of her poem “A Footnote on a Hollywood Blockbuster,” at the eighth annual YPL spoken word competition on Saturday... 

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URBAN WORD NYC ASSOCIATE PROGRAM DIRECTOR SOFIA SNOW RELEASES “WE BEEN WAITING!”

A few weeks ago I awoke to a text message from Sofía: “Ok so! What about releasing WBW on my bday (2/22)?” me: “YES” It’s been...

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