Not a day goes by that I am not inspired and honored to work with the creative young people of this community. This year, we are celebrating our seventh year anniversary and because of people like you—either through monetary donations, volunteering or simply moral support, we have been able to reach over 500 youth in the tri-city area. The Fountain City Teen Poetry Slam is a labor of love and the young people that we engage with are the sole beneficiaries. This program is open to youth of all backgrounds. We use creative writing and the performing arts as a means of self expression and exploration.
The 2019 Fountain City Teen Poetry Slam Team
Hannah Beasley - Columbus
Macy Cardwell- Home School
Trinity Grimes - Carver
Suhaylah Rahim- Columbus
Cynthia Short- Columbus
Yearly, these young people have recieved local, regional, and national accolades for their thought provoking original work. We have been awarded The Youth Speaks National Leadership Grant for the work these young people have been doing in the Columbus area. For three years, we have received the desgination of “Best of Festival” at The Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival. The 2016 Team were also among a select few youth from across the nation chosen to perform and participate at the ROOTS Weekend in Knoxville, Tennesee at the Highlander Research and Education Center. The team was also invited by the City of Atlanta - Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs to perform at their ELEVATE: Summer performance series. The Fountain City Slam Team has been featured as performers for Black Art In America Galllery, Keep Columbus Beautiful Commission, Columbus State University, Chattahoochee Writer’s Conference, and The Greater Columbus GA "Partners in Education" Program to name a few. The Fountain City Teen Poetry Slam was also a recipient of The Eco Latino Courier Community Service Award in recognition of our efforts.
By providing mentoring opportunities and real-life experience, we aim to redefine the roles young people play in today’s society. Our after school writing workshop offerings have continued to expand this year, having conducted bi-monthly workshops at many area schools, as well as monthly youth open mics. We have brought in nationally renowned spoken word artists and writers to conduct community wide writing workshops for area teens at no charge. We also published 25 area young writers this year in our second chapbook, S.T.E.A.M Rising, a collection of creative writing inspired by science, techonolgy, engineering, and math.. We are now gearing up to take a group of youth to The Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada this summer. Powered by Youth Speaks, this is the only festival of its kind. Every year, over 500 young poets, their mentors, and the nation’s leading artists and cultural workers convene in a different U.S. city for 4-5 days of arts education, artistic expression, community service, and civic engagement. The total cost of transporting, accomodating, and registering our organization is $5,000.
We would like to request your organization’s assistance in allowing us to continue to provide these opportunities for local young people. Your donation, regardless of the amount, will be greatly appreciated and put to use to benefit local young artists. Please take into consideration the great impact the literary and creative arts have in shaping our young people into positive, productive leaders and drivers of change.
The Fountain City Slam, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Contributions for the purposes of Fountain City Slam are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Please see the attached for detailed instructions on how you can make this awesome opportunity a reality for some really deserving local youth. This critical work for area teens is entirely dependent upon community support.
Make Checks Payable To:
Fountain City Slam, Inc.
P.O. BOX 12073
COLUMBUS, GEORGIA 31917