It’s difficult to choose one word to sum up the She’s the First Poetry Workshop hosted by Azure Antoinette at the Young Women’s Leadership School in Brooklyn today. Awe-inspiring? AMAZING? Authentic? Well, take a look at the stream of tweets below, the Flickr photos by Kaitlin Davis, or a video of Azure’s performance for the girls on YouTube, and you can tell us!
Truth is, there aren’t words to describe what we felt connecting with 13-and 14-year-old girls in Brooklyn today, meeting them in a round of soft-spoken introductions, only to watch Azure work her magic and have them all jumping out of their seats with hands raised to recite their poetry before the room — which takes a lot of guts when you’re a teen!
Our goal was to connect the girls to the concept of “If the world was your classroom…” — to tell them about our mission, and the girls we sponsor in the developing world, so they feel part of a global community. We started a cherished relationship with the Young Women’s Leadership Network, where girls will contribute to a She’s the First poetry anthology that will support the cause and build cross-cultural communication…but more to come on that later!
In the meantime, stay tuned to Aspire for the last leg of the campaign later this week — the ecards that will fundraise for a girl’s sponsorship in Sudan! And don’t forget to contribute your own verse to the She’s the First Twitter poem, by answering the prompt here and tagging #stfpoem.