Become a Partner

Urban Word works closely with your leadership to help facilitate and galvanize the relationships needed to not only launch this program, but also to provide support and secure the platforms needed to champion youth young writers. We know nonprofits are often understaffed and under-resourced, so we have intentionally designed the program to be easy to launch and manage with the following areas and provide partnerships with the leading national literary arts organizations. For more information, please contact Shannon Matesky at shannon@urbanwordnyc.org.

Management Toolkit

Download our application, for an example of student submissions here. We’ll also provide you with promotional material, consultation on program design, manual, and key documents to completely launch program.

Judging

We help to provide judging rubrics and systems that help celebrate both artistic excellence and civic engagement. We assist in identifying local writers and judges of interest. Local judges have included Juan Felipe Herrera, Luis Rodriguez, Kevin Powell, Chirlane McCray, and Billy Collins.

Curriculum

Creatively Civic: A Civic Engagement & Poetry Curriculum is a program curriculum that encourages civic engagement and discourse, as well as guides students through the process of creating powerful CVs and resumes.

Promotion

We provide you with a custom logo, flyer design for launching the contests, event program for the finals event, and other documents. We reach out to various spaces of power and governance as well as media on your organization’s behalf to make sure your youth gets the exposure they deserve; and we consult you on organizing your local program and performance tour for the laureate and ambassadors.

Publication

Your organization will get 10 National Youth Poet Laureate Anthologies published by Penmanship books. Additional books will be provided at cost by Penmanship Books.

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