Making Contact

We Got Next: Youth Poets Changing the World

On this edition of Making Contact, we’ll examine how young people are using spoken word as a mechanism for social change.  The show also will explore how Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam has challenged mainstream culture and created spaces that welcome and encourage marginalized communities to speak up about their life experiences – all through poetry.


Kayla Kitchen; Aleah Bradshaw; Victor Masony; Quinton Campbell-Rod; Aurelle Marie; Aisha June; Tish Jones the Founder & Executive Director of TruArtSpeaks and Brave New Voices leadership fellow; James Kass, the Founder & Executive Director of Youth Speaks.


Host: Anita Johnson,

Producers: Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada and Anita Johnson

Executive Director: Lisa Rudman

Audience Engagement Director: Sabine Blaizin

Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker

Special Thanks:

James Kass, the Founder & Executive Director of Youth Speaks

Tara Dorabji, the Director of Development & Communications at Youth Speaks

And Youth Speaks

For More Information:

Youth Speaks

Brave New Voices

Aleah Bradshaw

Slam Champions

Black Exorcism

Image Credit:

Constellations | Very Quiet – Flickr

Music Credit:

All Our Clocks Are Dying – by Ergo Phizmiz

Prelude No. 1 – Chris Zabriskie

Profanity Beep Notification:

At these times we beeped out all profanity.







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