Southern Word, Inc.


Mission

Through the literary and performing arts, Southern Word offers creative solutions for youth to build literacy and presentation skills, reconnect to their education and lives, and act as leaders in the improvement of their communities. We are committed to providing youth, especially in underserved communities, with as many opportunities as possible to develop and publicly present their voices both live and in print, video, audio, and digital media. Southern Word primarily focuses on spoken word, also known as performance poetry, which has proven effective as a youth development and literacy tool.

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Grants

Grant Year Amount Program Name Program Area Description
2018 $20,000 Core Mission Support education Learn more

To support programming and general operations.

2017 $20,000 Core Mission Support education Learn more

To support programming and general operations.

2015 $20,000 Mentoring and Modeling Literacy in Middle Tennessee education Learn more

Southern Word has been successful building literacy skills and literate identities in low-income communities through the use of writer mentors. There is a continued need to include developing writers who are between the ages of 16 and 24 as part of our teaching teams. This grant will fund their inclusion.