Teens ages 13 – 18 can share anti-bullying and other original poetry at the “Art Is Our Weapon” Youth Poetry Slam Festival

6 pm – 9 pm, Friday, May 25, 2012 at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts

Thursday, May 17, 2012


The Youth Movement, also known as Teens With a Purpose, is hosting a Youth Poetry Festival to make a strong statement of non-tolerance towards bullying. Hampton Roads Youth Poets and other teens from the community are invited to share their anti-bulling and other original, uplifting poetry. The audience will also be able to explore the issues and the importance of their own role in combating bullying. Music by Testimony and an anti-bullying skit by Teens With a Purpose will also be featured.


The “Art is Our Weapon” Youth Poetry Slam Festival is free and open to the public, and will be held 6 pm – 9 pm, Friday, May 25, 2012 at the Miller Studio Theater at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, 201 Market Street in Virginia Beach. Teens who wish to participate should register by May 23, 2012 by calling (757) 747-2679 or visiting Facebook.com/TWPTheMovement.


The “Art is Our Weapon” Youth Poetry Slam Festival was developed by The Youth Movement’s Teens With a Purpose, Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation, the Sandler Center for Performing Arts, and Virginia Beach City Public Schools to encourage community to fight bullying through the spoken word.


The Youth Movement’s Teens with a Purpose mission is to create a platform to empower young people to use their voices, energy, abilities and talents to demonstrate their power to effect personal change and positively impact the lives of others through the arts and peer-led programs and events. We create a safe non-judgmental environment for self-expression for all young people as we continue to promote healthy life choices. Throughout the year, TWP hosts numerous events and seminars to provide HIV and STD prevention information and focus on prevention of gang violence, dating abuse, teen pregnancy, distracted teen driving and other life-changing issues facing today’s teens. Through open mics and edutainment workshops, local youth serve as facilitators, presenters, and peer mentors. For more information, please contact Michelle Sims at 757.747.2679 or TWPMichelle@gmail.com, or visit www.TWPTheMovement.org.
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