YOUTH AMPLIFIED (young ambassadors for change through art)
MNSWA calls for 15 highly motivated Youth ages 13-18 who are interested in leadership, social activism and poetry. An exciting 11 month program that rewards Twin Cities youth through training, performance opportunities, travel and stipends. Youth can email sha.mnswa@gmail.com to request an interview.

QUEST FOR THE VOICE (youth slam series)
Now in its 6th year, Quest is revitalized to re-establish the programs commitment to leadership, mentorship and community building. Partners help organize slams in different MN communities and youth will advance to a final slam held in May 2011. Finalists will represent MN in San Francisco in July at the Brave New Voices conference.  Dates and locations will be posted here.

SAY WORD! YOUTH POETRY FESTIVAL
Saturday, April 30th (location tba) a one day action packed day of Poetry. SAY WORD! is back. Formerly called the Youth Slam League, Say Word! had been reorganized into a Youth Poetry Festival, which offers an opportunity for more youth interested in spoken word to be reached across MN while building a movement around poetry and literacy. This is an exciting state-wide program and opportunity for youth. Any community, school, or neighborhood group of 4 -10 poets can form a team to slam in the festival. Four original poems are needed, and can be solos or group collaborations. Youth participants can be aged 13-19 years old. Groups can coach themselves or solicit a coach from the incredible Spoken Word community in the Twin Cities. Interested groups/teams simply need to email sha.mnswa@gmail.com to register their team. Winners walk away with the SAY WORD 2011 champion title + prizes.

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