Southside Teen Poet Ambassadors

Description

The Rebuild Foundation is piloting its first ever Southside Teen Poet Ambassadors Program, a program designed to cultivate a cohort of six disciplined, ambitious high school poets for a six-month ambassadorship from January-June 2018.

Using the Stony Island Arts Bank as their home base, the Southside Teen Poet Ambassadors will write and critique extensively within their intimate cohort through weekly reading + writing workshops; learn from professional artists + community leaders who will feature as “guest speakers” at workshops; network with other Chicago/ National Teen Poet Laureates through teen-led workshops + events within the community; explore different southside neighborhoods; and engage in discussions about Chicago, storytelling, community, and the importance of poetry in urban spaces. As a culmination to their 6-month ambassadorship, the teens will work together to create a final community project and showcase that demonstrates their personal portfolio and ambassadorship term.

Kennedy Harris is a student at Brooks College Prep, where she is co-captain of their poetry team "Lyrically Explicit." She facilitates writing workshops, and attends open mics to better her craft. She has always been an ally for creating poetry and safe spaces on the south side of Chicago, and this program will allow her to grow as an artist and south-sider and allow her to initiate the growth of other south-siders.
Kennedy Harris is a student at Brooks College Prep, where she is co-captain of their poetry team “Lyrically Explicit.” She facilitates writing workshops, and attends open mics to better her craft. She has always been an ally for creating poetry and safe spaces on the south side of Chicago, and this program will allow her to grow as an artist and south-sider and allow her to initiate the growth of other south-siders.
Franzi Wild is a Sophomore at the UChicago Lab High School. She has been part of Lab’s slam poetry team since last year, runs cross country and track, competes on the Model United Nations team, and is an editor for U-High’s history journal. She's incredibly passionate about issues of Social Justice and equality, and has helped organize Lab’s annual Social Justice week for two years now; she has been working to include more art in activism.
Franzi Wild is a Sophomore at the UChicago Lab High School. She has been part of Lab’s slam poetry team since last year, runs cross country and track, competes on the Model United Nations team, and is an editor for U-High’s history journal. She’s incredibly passionate about issues of Social Justice and equality, and has helped organize Lab’s annual Social Justice week for two years now; she has been working to include more art in activism.
Arielle Appleberry is a poet from the Southside of Chicago. Her work centers on exploring queerness and LGBTQ+ representation. She explores the intersectionality of being a queer black woman in society. She has performed on stages such as the UIC Forum, Auditorium Theatre, and the Metro Theatre. She was a Louder Than A Bomb 2017 Team Finalist. Arielle plans on finishing up her high school career this fall at Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep.
Cindie Huerta is a student at Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago. Ever since she was young, reading has been a pivotal part of her developmental learning and growth of knowledge of the world. Because she is Mexican-American, first generation, and only fourteen years old, she believes that her writing allows for a different perspective, especially because of the environment she has learned to adapt to. She writes for the boys and girls who are just like her and believe that they could never do enough in this world to be accepted.
Cindie Huerta is a student at Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago. Ever since she was young, reading has been a pivotal part of her developmental learning and growth of knowledge of the world. Because she is Mexican-American, first generation, and only fourteen years old, she believes that her writing allows for a different perspective, especially because of the environment she has learned to adapt to. She writes for the boys and girls who are just like her and believe that they could never do enough in this world to be accepted.
Lunden Stubbs is a senior at Lindblom Math and Science Academy. He is from the southside of Chicago; specifically Bronzeville. Lunden has been writing since fourth grade and has been performing poetry for three years. His love for writing stems from his love for his environment and interacting with people.
Lunden Stubbs is a senior at Lindblom Math and Science Academy. He is from the southside of Chicago; specifically Bronzeville. Lunden has been writing since fourth grade and has been performing poetry for three years. His love for writing stems from his love for his environment and interacting with people.
Jessica Foster is a senior at Percy L. Julian High School and will be a part of the graduating class of 2018. She is the current president of her school's chapter of the National Honor Society, hails a weighted GPA of 4.2, and is ranked number 5 of her senior class. Jessica, along with her poetry team, has placed in the top 5 at Louder Than A Bomb, the largest youth spoken word poetry competition in the world. She has also won second place in the creative writing portion of a local competition called the Walgreens Expressions Challenge, and has written many short stories and poems for competitions and personal enjoyment. Jessica resides on the southside of Chicago with her two siblings, her mother, her mother's long-time companion, and a mischievous pet cat named Lola.
Jessica Foster is a senior at Percy L. Julian High School and will be a part of the graduating class of 2018. She is the current president of her school’s chapter of the National Honor Society, hails a weighted GPA of 4.2, and is ranked number 5 of her senior class. Jessica resides on the southside of Chicago with her two siblings, her mother, her mother’s long-time companion, and a mischievous pet cat named Lola.