Young Poets Engage America to Rethink High School in Norfolk


BRAVE NEW VOICES RETHINK HIGH SCHOOL at Booker T. Washington High School, March 25th, 8am-10am.

On Saturday, March 25, 2017, XQ Institute, an organization dedicated to rethinking high school in America, and Youth Speaks, the convener of the Brave New Voices
Network and the country’s leading youth spoken word and literary arts organization, present Brave New Voices #RethinkHighSchool 2017. The young people of Teens With a Purpose will host a one hour performance and panel
highlighting key issues in education.

The 20-city tour, that began in Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD; Philadelphia, PA and New York, NY will continue this March through June 2017.

The following activities are open to the public and press on March 25th, 2017 at Booker T. Washington High School, 1111 Park Avenue, Norfolk, VA.

Brave New Voices Town Hall: Teens With a Purpose youth leaders host performances and a public conversation on rethinking high school education.

Key visuals for cameras:

Spoken Word Performances: Youth poets from Youth Speaks’ Brave New Voices performing original spoken word pieces.

Interviews with Teens With a Purpose, Youth
Speaks, XQ Staff: Contact

About Teens With a Purpose: Teens With a Purpose was formed in 1996. In 2007, Teens With a Purpose became TWP-The Youth
Movement a 501(c) (3) non-profit creative youth development organization. Creatively cultivating the next generation of leaders is at the heart of our mission. TWP-The Youth Movement, also known as Teens With a Purpose, mission is “To create a platform that empowers young people to use their voice, creativity, reflection and action to affect personal growth, transform lives and impact communities.” Teens With a Purpose engages every young person in peer-led projects, programs and events that help them develop personal power. TWP creates opportunities for youth to succeed, influence others and to partake in various arts and humanities programs that culminate in a public performance or exhibition designed to help build self-esteem and self-efficacy. For additional, information visit

About Youth Speaks: Founded in 1996 in San Francisco, Youth Speaks has long championed a local, national, and increasingly global movement of young people picking up pens and stepping proudly onto stages, declaring themselves present. Youth Speaks hope to shift the perceptions of young people by combating illiteracy, isolation, alienation, and silence, creating a global movement of brave new voices bringing the noise from the margins to the core. We challenge young people to find, develop, publicly present, and apply their voices as creators of change. The Ford Foundation recently named Youth Speaks as one of the ten most important arts organizations in the nation’s future, and the Wallace Foundation named Youth Speaks one of the 8 exemplary arts education organizations in the nation.

Brave New Voices Network: The Brave New Voices Network, convened by Youth Speaks, is part of a 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.

About XQ Institute: XQ Institute is an organization dedicated to rethinking school in America in order to create new learning opportunities for young people and open up the possibilities of the wider world. The Institute’s board of directors is chaired by Laurene Powell Jobs, Chair of the Emerson Collective. The CEO and founder is Russlynn Ali, former Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, and Managing Director of Education at the Emerson Collective. For more information, visit

XQ: The Super School Project launched in
September 2015. The challenge was issued as an open call to America to meet the challenge of preparing our students for the future by dreaming, designing, and creating the next American high school. For additional information about Youth Speaks and Brave New Voices: contact Tara Dorabji at

For additional information about XQ: The Super School Project contact John Joanino at or 310-735-7538.