Light up – Words ignite, one of the nation’s leading nonprofit arts and literacy organizations for spoken poetry and film. The organization fuses classical and spoken poetry to increase literacy, empower youth and inspire communities.

On April 21th and 22nd students will compete in the quarter-finals and semi-finals to earn a place in the Finals of the Classic Slam 2022 on April 23. light up will reward more $10,000 cash and prizes to poets and educators. the Classic Slam 2022 will be broadcast through and through Online audiences will be able to watch their favorite team compete for the league title. Some of the participating Los Angeles High Schools include LA School of Global Studies, Hamilton, Larchmont Charter, Animo Inglewood, Venice High School, Cleveland High SchoolHarvard-Westlake, San Gabriel High School, etc.

light up was founded in 2006 after Diane Luby Lane created a one-man show on the power of books and visited middle schools, high schools, prisons and detention centers with the iconic Chicano poet Jimmy Santiago Baca. After the show ended, Lane began teaching classical and spoken word poetry at three high schools: Fairfax, Fremont, and Suite by Walt Whitman. Today, the program has expanded to more than 140 schools across Californiaand is sold to schools around the world. light upThe poetic ambassadors of Get Lit Players have over 350 million views online.

light up invites students to recite classic poems and then perform their own oral responses. This creates a dialogue between the classical poet and the student. However, at light up a classic isn’t a classic because it’s old, it’s a classic because it’s great. Participating in The classic snap are equally likely to perform the work of Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost as they are to hear poems of Elizabeth Acevedo and Tupac Shakur. “We are thrilled to be back in person after hosting the last two Classic Slams virtually,” said Diane Luby Lane, Founder of Get Lit. “This year’s event will bring together hundreds of students, many of whom will be entering the competition for the first time.”

This year, the Classic Slam is sponsored by VANS, We Rise LA, the Rosenthal Family Foundation, LA vs. HURRY.

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Light up – Words ignite is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit education founded in 2006 by author and educator Diane Luby Lane, to increase literacy, empower youth and energize communities through poetry and visual media. The organization aims to transform the lives of young people around the world through classical and spoken poetry. Through the use of specialized curricula, the program engages youth by providing a creative outlet, community, and real-world work experience, transforming students into activists, scholars, and stars.

The only program of its kind in the country, Get Lit has created a unique call and response model where students identify classic poems that resonate with their own stories and write original responses, inspiring students to discover, develop and amplify their voice. while learning and exploring classical poetry of the past and present. At Get Lit, “a classic isn’t a classic because it’s old, a classic is a classic because it’s awesome.”

Get Lit reaches 50,000 young people aged 9 to adult each year through its in-school and after-school programs. The instruction culminates in the Three Day Classic Slam, the largest classical poetry competition for young people in the country. Get Lit is also home to the Get Lit Players (GLP), an award-winning youth poetry troupe that has collaborated with the United Nations, John Legend, the White House, and more, inspiring their peers to read, write, and uplift their communities. and participate in the arts.

85% of Get Lit students come from disadvantaged regions; 92% are students of color. Get Lit reaches students whether they’re front row, back in the classroom, or online. Graduate students have achieved successes, including positions as America’s Young Poet Laureates, Top Television Writers, United Nations Youth Ambassadors, Grammy-winning Artists, and Fulbright Scholars. Get Lit was chosen as the best practice winner of the 2020 Library of Congress Literacy Awards, one of only 15 in the world. Besides, At Diane Luby Lane book Light up when you get up (Simon & Schuster) won the 2016 Nautilus Prize for books that “provide hope, healing, wisdom and joy”.

Premiering at the 2022 Santa Barbara Film Festival, the documentary OUR WORDS MEET features 5 poets from the program and provides timely insight into how the Get Lit program can be transformative for young people, especially in recent years. The Anti-Defamation League awarded its ADL Stand Up Awards in film during the 2022 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The ADL Stand Up Award is given to a film that exemplifies the impact that storytelling can have in promoting mutual understanding and respect, consistent with the mission of ADL to ensure “justice and fair treatment for all”.

In January, it was announced that Get Lit is now a partner of the Writers Guild Foundation on a screenwriting program for young people that will help a new generation of diverse storytellers benefit from one-on-one mentorship from some of the best writers in film and television today. The two-year program will allow participants to create a final screenplay that can be offered, optioned, produced, or used as an example to gain performance or employment.

27 Get Lit poets also co-wrote and starred in the film “Summer time” directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada. The film premiered on the opening night of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and opened in theaters across the United States in 2021. The film is currently available on Amazon and other platforms , and a PG version is available for classrooms. Get Lit Poets have performed at such prominent venues as the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Hollywood Bowl, White House, and the United Nations.

In early 2022, Get Lit will officially launch Uni(verse), the world’s first interactive poetry platform for the classroom, community and beyond. Get Lit’s Uni(verse) will allow students from the United States and around the world to take Get Lit’s standards-aligned “Words Ignite” course online and exchange ideas both in and out. outside the school. It will feature Get Lit’s Interactive poetic anthology, searchable by poet, theme, literary device, etc. Uni(verse) will build and strengthen communication, collaboration, empathy and community across the world through the vehicle of poetry.

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