Event Details

Words have the power to change lives and open minds. 4 the Healing in You, Inc., joined in service by Sisters4Sisters, Inc. and Domestic Violence Wears Many Tags (DVWMT), invite youth 13-19 to participate in Voice2Verse: A Youth Poetry Slam against Teen Dating Violence. Calling all DMV youth! Register to use your voice to help bring awareness of Teen Dating Violence (TDV) through the power of spoken word. Two performance workshops will be held prior the Youth Slam to help enhance writing and hone performance skills. Any youth ages 13-19 can attend the performance workshops and need not be a participant in the Youth Poetry Slam. Youth you wish to participate in the Youth Poetry Slam must attend one of the scheduled performance workshops.

Voice2Verse will feature the 2018 PG Youth Poet Laureate, Michaela Lacy of Accokeek, MD and Youth Poet, Michael Reid of Bowie, MD. Hear from Queen Afi Gaston of the Smile4Smiley Love Movement & DVWMT. Family, friends, and community members are invited to come out to encourage, cheer on, and lend their vote for youth using their voice to educate, change lives and open minds. The top scored poet will receive an on-the-spot micro-scholarship. The amount of the micro-scholarship will depend on amount of donations collected by the audience for the evening. The more people in the audience the greater the micro-scholarship. $5 suggested donation in advance or at the door.

To participate in any of the scheduled events please follow the instructions below:

Performance Workshops

Register online at voice2verse.eventbrite.com. Choose a date and location. Free for all youth in attendance! Bring your original poem or one you like. No profanity. Be prepared to perform your words.

Dates and locations available:

Sunday February 18, 2018 2:00m - 4:00pm

Dorothy L. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library 3935 Benning Road NE WDC

with Jeffrey Big Homey Banks


Tuesday February 20, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm FREE

Kentland Community Center 2413 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover, MD 20785

with Dee Scribes

Youth Poetry Slam

Tuesday February 27, 2018

Busboys and Poets, Hyattsville 5331 Baltimore Ave, Hyattsville, MD 20781

Submit your original poem with the theme of Teen Dating Violence and a Consent & Release Form to [email protected] no later than 5:00pm on February 14, 2018, for review. Click HERE for the Consent & Release form. No use of profanity and real names. Slam Participants must participate in one of the scheduled Performance Workshops.

Please note the following:

  • Youth attending the Voice2Verse Poetry Slam who are under the age of 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.