Youth Speaks

Youth Speaks

Brave New Voices Speak Green is an annual contest for young spoken word artists. Launched in 2005 by the Redford Center and Youth Speaks, it aims to invite new voices into the environmental dialogue and inspire change through the poetry and courage of America's youth. The program includes a live competition and traveling show. Participants represent 21st century American youth—artists of different ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations, from urban centers, rural locations, and Native American lands. The five artists performing are part of the Brave New Voices Speak Green 2008/2009 Green Team, traveling throughout the country to speak about how pollution, environmental injustice and non-green communities affect us all.

“Words are just words without action. But I think what we're seeing here today with these poets is the beginning of action.”
–Robert Redford on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, July 16, 2008

Simone Crew (poet, age 18), Carvens Lissaint (poet, age 19), Denise Wallace (poet, age 22), Lauren Whitehead (poet, age 25), George Yamazawa (poet, age 19)

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