Jersey City Youth Slam

Jersey City Youth Slam is a program at High Tech High School in Hudson County, New Jersey. Word Up, the program's signature hip-hop and spoken word event, champions the voices of youth poets and MCs in the Jersey City area. The event has featured over 200 students since its inception in 2012 - and featured guest poets and teaching artists from across the country, including Anis Mojgani, Andrea Gibson, Angel Nafis, Sarah Kay, and Rudy Francisco.

In June 2015, students in our program inspired a school visit by generational icon and Grammy-award winning hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar. The visit was featured by national news outlets including The New York Times, NBC, NPR, Rolling Stone, and MTV.

Brave New Voices

Brave New Voices