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The Off/Page Project combines the analytical lens of The Center for Investigative Reporting with the groundbreaking storytelling of the literary nonprofit Youth Speaks. Living at the intersection of youth voice and civic engagement, the Off/Page Project provides a multimedia platform for young people to investigate the issues and stories that would otherwise be silenced.

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“This is Home: The Play”

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Off/Page worked with Tides Theatre in San Francisco and poets of Richmond, California’s, RAW Talent to create a Storyworks play based on CIR’s investigation. This is the result, performed live at Tides in March 2014.

Film: ‘Broken City Poets’

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What’s it like being a young person living in one of the largest American cities to declare bankruptcy? If a city becomes a ghost town, what becomes of its youth? Find out in our original short documentary.

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Off/Page Seeks Poetry on Ferguson

How do the events in Ferguson, Missouri, compare to what you experience in your own community?

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This is Home

Three poets from Richmond, Calif., join a CIR reporter to tell the story of the city’s problem-ridden public housing complexes and the larger ills gripping the community.

As featured on PBS NewsHour and Reveal Radio

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Whispers from the Field

If America’s fields could speak, what stories would they tell about sexual abuse migrant women face?


Behind the Off/Page

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Poets and journalists? Journalists with poets? Learn the origins of this groundbreaking collaboration from the architects themselves.

Record and Play

Listen to Jose Vadi introduce “sourced storytelling” and announce the Off/Page Project at Youth Speaks’ annual Friendraiser at Bimbo’s 365 Club in San Francisco.


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