The Brave New Voices Network Initiative (the “BNV Network Initiative”) is a seven-year initiative, dedicated to building a sustainable field of nonprofit organizations and programs throughout the United States that intersect arts education, and youth development practices with a deep focus on long-term civic engagement and public presentation. The initiative provides general operating support, training and other types of technical assistance, peer learning exchanges, digital support and visibility. The project is eligible to youth programs and organizations that specifically focus on spoken word and performance poetry.
Brave New Voices (BNV) was created by Youth Speaks, Inc in 1998 after the inaugural Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam in San Francisco—the first poetry slam dedicated to youth in the nation’s history. Since that time, Brave New Voices has grown to represent youth from all across the United States. BNV also features International teams from Canada, Africa, the Polynesian Islands, and Europe, making it the largest and most diverse ongoing spoken word event in the world.
Brave New Voices brings together young, outspoken artists, educators, poets, and emerging leaders to a different city every year to participate in a celebration of spoken word.
This year, Brave New Voices is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for our 17th Annual International Youth Poetry Slam Festival.
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