Thursday, June 11, 2009

Poetry, Writing, and Leadership Opportunities for Teens

Hurston/Wright Creative Writing Workshop for Teens
Genre/Topic: Fiction, Poetry, and Play-writing
Ages: Grades 8-12
Dates: July 12-July 25 2009
Where: On the campus of the RHEMA Christian Center - Washington , DC
Sponsored in part by BOSS The Movement
Cost: $59 dollars (Register 2 students/siblings and get a 20% discount)

The Hurston/Wright Creative Writing Workshop for Teens provides new opportunities for students who are interested in creative writing to develop their writing and reading skills in a nurturing group setting that celebrates Black literature. Most importantly, this creative writing workshop will enable students to become effective communicators, a skill which will benefit them throughout their educational, and occupational careers.

For more information, including details on workshops and how to apply, visit the Hurston/Wright Foundation website

Youth Leadership Support Network and the Meridian Center Iraq Young Leaders

Genre/Topic: Leadership and Conflict Resolution
Ages: 15-17
Dates: July 1-2 2009 and July 9-10 2009
Where: Meridian Center, Washington, D.C.
Cost: No Charge

Youth Leadership Support Network and the Meridian Center Iraq Young Leaders Program will host two-day "Leadership and Conflict Resolution" workshops for 44 DC area teens and 44 teens from Iraq in two groups.

Program times run from 9am to 9pm, and full attendance is required for both days. Food will be provided.

Iraq participants are aged 15 - 17 and include participants from Baghdad, Basrah, Hillah, Erbil and Kirkuk. We hope to include teens from DC, Maryland and Virginia in this exchange. DC area teens are invited to participate in either or both workshops.

The two-day workshop will focus on conflict resolution, leadership skills, music and arts, youth media and include plenty of time for exchange and friendship.

Workshop Objectives include:

Promoting mutual understanding between the United States and the people of Iraq.

Developing civic responsibility and commitment to community development among youth.

Foster relationships among youth from different ethnic, religious, and national groups.

Introduce participants to diverse youth approaches to community development

Instill tools and techniques for individuals and group process in developing community.

To Apply:
For group/organization leaders, please contact us immediately.

Douglas Calvin
Executive Director,
Youth Leadership Support Network
lunasol [at]
(202) 316-4403

Youth Participant
Application Questions:

A. How did you hear about this program?

B. Your name, age, school, address

C. Contact information
email, phone, facebook/myspace/etc

1. Why do you want to participate in this program and what will you contribute to the program?

2. What do you want to learn during the program?

3. How will your participation affect your community?

4. What are your skills/talents/interests? Please include any performing or visual arts experience, leadership experience, youth media or other skills that you feel would contribute to this experience.

5. Please list clubs, organizations, sports and community service programs in which you are involved.
Smithsonian Young Voices Summer Poetry Workshops
Genre/Topic: Poetry
Ages: Women ages 13-19
Dates: June 22 - July 10, 2009
Where: Sackler-Freer Gallery of Asian Art (12th & Independence SW, Smithsonian Metro)
Cost: Each student will receive a stipend upon completion.

A group of young women ages 13-19 will serve as poets in residence at the Sackler-Freer Asian Art Gallery. This includes poetry and leadership workshops exploring the museum's collection and the themes of communication as an act of non-violence and women's leadership.

Interested youth must request an application at lisa.innerchild [at] Space is limited and applications will be reviewed & accepted on a first come first serve basis.

You do not have to be an expert poet to get a spot, you only have to be willing to participate fully in all activities and be open minded. This is a wonderful opportunity to grow as a leader and artist, meet cool new people and have LOTS OF FUN!!

For more information email lisa.innerchild [at], or see the Facebook page

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