The Providence Youth Poetry Slam needs your help to send five young poets to the Brave New Voices national youth poetry slam this summer in Chicago! Since last fall, we have been writing together, performing at open mics, and competing in slams to win our spots on the team. Now that summer is here, we are rehearsing three times a week, editing our poems, and memorizing them to get ready for the national stage. We are so excited to represent Providence in Chicago, but we need to raise the money to get ourselves there!
Attending Brave New Voices is about more than competion. Though it will be exciting to go head-to-head with other young poets and showcase the writing we are so proud of, BNV is also an amazing opportunity to be exposed to all kinds of poets and new ways of expressing ourselves. We will come home even more excited about this art form and its possibilities. Learn more about BNV here: http://youthspeaks.org/bravenewvoices/.
The main expenses for our trip are registration and transportation. Registration covers most of our food and lodging, and then we need to buy plane tickets for the five poets and two coaches. Your contribution to the campaign will go directly to these expenses, and will open the way for us to reach the goal we've worked towards all year.
What We Need & What You Get
Our goal for fundraising is $4,000 in two weeks. Registration cost $1,2500 (which our coaches paid for out of pocket, in hopes of making it back. They are unpaid! And broke!) There's also a NEW $400 fee this year to bring a second coach. As of now, flights to Chicago will cost us roughly $2,000 for 5 poets and 2 coaches. But the cost of flights are going up, so we want to buy the tickets soon! We also are budgeting in $200 for transportation within Chicago. Any additional funds we raise will go to feeding us while we're there and then to the Providence Youth Slam Team bank account, so that next year we won't be starting from zero again.
We hope that the chance to help send five aspiring young poets to a national poetry event is a reward in itself, but beyond our unending gratitude, there are some other perks for all you generous folks out there supporting youth poetry (see right!)
Spoken word poetry is one of many branches of the ancient oral tradition. Young people who are empowered to speak their own truths also learn to listen to what other people are saying, and how. At the Provdience Poetry Slam we are not about the competition; poetry slams are a game that trick us all into remembering the power of words. We are about the community that happens wherever beautiful things are being said out loud. With your help, we, the 2013 Providence Youth Poetry Slam team can bring our writing to a national audience, and come home ready to write some more.
Other Ways You Can Help
And of course, there are other ways to support our effort without money! Our fans (friends, fams) can help by spreading the word about our campaign to people they know. Use your facebooks and twitters and a cardboard sign painted in your bedroom window. Indiegogo even has “share” tools, to facilitate the passing along of this magical campaign.
Thank you SO much for your help. Without the audience, there would be no poetry slam. We are writing for you!
Please stay tuned for updates from our team! We're so excited to share our work with you.