Young Oakland Poets are invited to join a supportive community of young, talented, active Oakland Youth Laureate poets!
Applications open : January 1st - February 1st, 2021:
"Within our organization and community of over 5,000 founders, we have begun a conversation about what we can do to help improve racial and social justice in America.
The first action we are taking as a community is to collect a list of organizations that are making a serious impact in this space. The YC community has come up with over 60 organizations and YC partners, staff, and alumni have made donations to every one of them." - Y Combinator
This is a excellent list of organizations- including WE WRITE HERE.
Thank you YC for the donation and support.
Feel free to pass this list along and encourage your communities and networks to support and donate. We all want to see impact and change. All organizations listed (including ACLU, BlackLivesMatter, as well as several organizations local to Oakland etc.) are doing excellent work. Please support if you can.
Stay well and hope you are finding ways to participate in the change we need. - wewritehere
Oakland students and those of you joining from elsewhere... we are here with you and heartbroken. It'a been another grim week of injustice and demonstrations all over the country and world. We know that you have a voice and that it MATTERS. We need YOU to know that too and be heard. Don't give up and remember the power of your words to express your thoughts, feelings, and frustrations. Even when it feels like no one is listening is maybe when your voice matters the most. Write, write, write and speak up.
Send us your writing. We know you have a lot to express and we want to get the work up here for others to read. Every month the writings are sent to 1000+. People here reading "we write here" are listening and care. It matters. And of course, we join everyone to say "Black Lives Matter".
Herb Hand @CoachHand "I’m appalled...I’m disgusted...I’m enraged...I’m sorry...I’m worried for our student/athletes...I’m embarrassed for our country...I’m tired of excuses...I’m hopeful and prayerful for change...I’m a football coach and I’m not just going to “stick to sports”."
This brings us humbled silence and a moment to pause. We have spectrum of emotions from sadness to anger. #AhmaudArbery
We are now accepting submissions from all locations. Your work, talent, and ideas need to be seen, especially in these times. We are now accepting submissions anytime from anywhere. Students 6th-12th grade send in your work to wewritehere.com (*$25 gift card award available for all locations). Send in your work for your chance to be selected and published on wewritehere.com and pass the word along. Thank you all for helping create We Write Here.
Given the current COVID-19 situation any community/ performance events will be postponed. We will continue awarding weekly and hopefully more frequently as well. Keep reading, writing, sending in your work and check back soon for more updates. Please stay safe and healthy.
Keep writing and sending in your work~WWH
Reading by "Hazel Grace" 7th, at Chapter 510
First Friday event in Oakland, (2/20)
Training and Internships for ages 14-18 at YR Media in Oakland.
Journalism, Music, Video, Design, Radio, Coding, Photography --- Apply: YR.Media/Apply
First Friday Storyteller Series & Youth Poetry Open Mic
Friday, February 7, 2020, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Chapter 510 & the Dept. of Make Believe (map)
Join us for First Friday at our writing center at the heart of Oakland’s First Friday street festival. Bookmaking activities for all and music with DJ XCAIROCITOSX.
6 - 7 : High School Students (ages 13 - 19) are invited to participate in a writing workshop with poet Gabriel Cortez
6:30 - 7 : Fifth-grader Aida Ndiaye will read from her published book, Evil Burrito and the FBI
Applications open January 3rd - February 3rd, 2020:
Teens (ages 13-18) residing in Oakland need only submit three poems to join the community!
Facebook for updates: www.facebook.com/YouthPoetLaureate
update: event cancelled due to rain- postponed
First Friday Storyteller Series & Poetry Open Mic, Chapter 510
Come join the "We Write Here" awarded writers (November)
Friday, December 6, 2019- 6:00 PM 9:00 PM
Check this space and we'll keep you posted on local writing opportunities and events.