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TEDxPhilly - Philly Youth Poetry Movement - Youth empowerment & self-sustainable education

Philly Youth Poetry Movement's (PYPM) Gregory Corbin and Denice Frohman ask: How do we engage young people? How do we create safe spaces for expression, empowerment and transformation? What does self-sustainable education look like and how can we help young adults become the leaders of tomorrow?PYPM, a volunteer-driven youth poetry organization, works with young people to help them discover their voices through spoken word. Young poets find value in their voices, explore how they fit and don't fit in the world, expose themselves to diverse stories and listen to one another. Corbin explains: "Their stories are classrooms. Their lessons are life experiences. Both are abundant, beautiful chances to change the world." PYPM's slam team won the coveted Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival in July 2011. In addition to Corbin and Frohman, PYPM's poets took to the TEDxPhilly stage, delivering exemplary performances. Kai Davis and Chamira Nelson performed "Femininjas" (starting at 9:03) and Alana Gooden presented a powerful solo about speaking for the youth (starting at 15:10). The young performers received standing ovations.http://phillyyouthpoets.orgThe 2011 TEDxPhilly conference examined vast interpretations of the theme "The City" on Tuesday, November 8. TEDxPhilly brought together engaging speakers, performers, participants and exhibitors to deconstruct, decipher and explore some of the greatest challenges, innovations, concepts and realities that shape and are shaped by cities and their inhabitants. Philadelphia was the point of departure, but the conversation traveled beyond its borders. The event took place at Temple Performing Arts Center in North Philadelphia. http://www.tedxphilly.com
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