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It's National Poetry Month!

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Happy birthday to the late & great Maya Angelou. This day marks a day of rest for our team as we celebrate a brilliant mind. Swipe to see the 5th prompt of #NationalPoetryMonth! Tag us in your stories & posts to enter to win dope prizes at the end of this month. Donate at least $30 all month long to enter without posting a poem! Let’s #CureThroughCommunity 🙏🏽✨#UniteThroughDiatribe
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Summer Programming with @kydsaidit looks like: beginning the day with the class’ affirmations poem each students contributed to the first week.

Follow along and repeat each phrase with our students to get a piece of this affirmative love!!!! #CureThroughCommunity
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KEEPING. STUDENTS. ENGAGED. It’s a different beast in every classroom. So how do we consistently keep young people interested? With dynamic teaching artists – people who live and breathe teaching through poetry - AND by making sure our #students see themselves within the scope of each lesson. You can help us continue teaching the next generation of change makers by donating at the link in our bio! #CureThroughCommunity
PC: @quinnkphoto
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Yay Nigella!!

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Help send Nigella to Spellman College! Link in bio✨ (Swipe to see the prompt of the day & the prizes involved in our challenge) At the heart of everything we do in this organization is our students! This dynamic youth reached out to ask if we could share her college fund, so OF COURSE, we are doing just that! A snippet from the GoFundMe page: “My goal is to earn my bachelor's degree and utilize it to acquire a career that involves helping people and changing the world in order for every minority to have better access to their rights. I never thought I would get accepted into a historically black college/university. So, my acceptance to Spelman came as a surprise. If I could actually attend, it would be better than a dream come true!” Help send this brilliant young black woman to college, y’all! Over the years we have worked with her, we have watched her grow into such a force to be reckoned with. We hope you’ll support her in anyway you can! Link to her fund in our bio. #UniteThroughDiatribe to #CureThroughCommunity 🙏🏽✨
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When I sat down to develop the lesson plan for the summer/after school program, it was essential for me to create opportunities for them to express aloud individually and collectively, with confidence. In last week’s session each student affirmed themselves with an “I AM” statement and contributed it to a collective affirmation poem.

The students are 🔥🔥🔥 and I’m literally overjoyed.

Posted withregram • the_diatribe Summer Programming with kydsaidit looks like: beginning the day with the class’ affirmations poem each students contributed to the first week.

Follow along and repeat each phrase with our students to get a piece of this affirmative love!!!! #curethroughcommunity
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To our students: It's been an incredible academic year with you.

Thank you for interacting with us in your classrooms and for participating safely and enthusiastically. You've had an unimaginably difficult year and you still managed to push through. Be proud of what you've accomplished.

Along with thanking our students, we want to thank the people who have been able to donate to our cause. Without you, we wouldn't be able to meet our students during times like these and shake up the school day in an invigorating way.

Moving forward, we're excited to see everyone who has signed up for summer programming! Thank you for being with us and continuing to #CureThroughCommunity.
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Thanks to our Writing to Right Wrongs partner, The Fair Housing Center of West Michigan, students are encouraged to enter a #PoetryCompetition at the end of the WTRW program! ⠀
Outside the presence of a global pandemic, winning poets would read their work at the Fair Housing Center's annual fundraiser and receive a stipend. This year, the readings won't be taking place, but two first-place winners will receive $200 and three runners-up will receive $50! ⠀
We're dedicated to teaching students that poetry is not only a tool for education and self-discovery, but is also an art form worth funding. Thank you to The Fair Housing Center of West Michigan for helping us #CureThroughCommunity and to everyone who donates to help us do this work!⠀

Image by @QuinnKPhoto
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Over the next five days we’ll tell you all about the sex education program: What? Why? Who? Why? & When? If you want to get involved now- link to donate in bio & our Venmo is @the-diatribe ❤️ Help us #CureThroughCommunity & #UniteThroughDiatribe ✨✨ ...

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Happening NOW on YouTube. You need to tune into the_diatribe NOW!

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We hope you join us TOMORROW for The Diatribe Free Education Program event starting at 2pm!

For all of you that have been missing live events, our aim is that this will bring you some much needed light! The event will also be informative & inspiring, just like anything our fantastic team comes together to accomplish!

Tell ya friends, especially those in education, or those who might want to see INCREDIBLE local talent performing live! 🥰🤩

Link to event in bio- livestream starts at 2PM. Email us for more info!

#curethroughcommunity
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Over the next five days we’ll tell you all about the new sex education program: What? Why? Who? Why? & When? If you want to get involved now- link to donate in bio & our Venmo is @the-diatribe ❤️ Help us #CureThroughCommunity & #UniteThroughDiatribe ✨✨ ...

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Get involved and #CureThroughCommunity!

Here are two ways to begin or continue your experience with The Diatribe:

1. For those who live in or have connections to #The49507, are available Thursday or Friday of this or next week, and want to share how you'd like to see the 49507 grow, comment below or DM us! We may have an opportunity for you!

2. If you're looking for something to do this summer, sign up for our summer programming with @kydsaidit! This is where you can get one-on-one feedback on your poetry and meet other students with similar interests. Sign up and find more information at the summer programming url in our linktree!
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Big shout-out to @eightwest8 for highlighting a few stories that really bring joy during a time that feels so heavy.
This greenhouse will be certainly getting our business after this pandemic ends.
#CureThroughCommunity
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Happy National Poetry Month!
We have decided to try (we use that word loosely) to supply you all with writing prompts every day this month as a way to #CureThroughCommunity. If you use the prompt, tag us in your story, or post it online using the hashtag, and we will share some of our favorites.
We can not wait to see what you all create!
P.s. this might be a great idea for even those that do not consider themselves “creatives”. You got this!
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Our students are at the heart of our work. Regina (@reginaaaaaa.16 ) has been a part of our programming for the past few years, and we've watched her grow before our eyes into a fierce young poet. We want to shower her with love because we recently got the news she's been accepted into a prestigious program at @interlochenarts academy!!! Congratulations Regina! You are deserving of every blessing in your life. Watch out for the next generation of creatives, y'all, I promise you'll be hearing about her in the future! ...

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The FIRST livestream Q&A was a SUCCESS!

Thank you to all who showed up and interacted in the replies to #UniteThroughDiatribe with us! @iamautopilot and @joce_oh_lyn shared artistic thought processes, talked through a few somber moments, expressed what #The49507Project means to them, and overall discussed life as it is.

Who would you like to see hosting next month's #LivestreamQnA? Respond below!
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#KydSaidIt: “I enjoy engaging with the students and watching them open up with each session that passes.” ⠀
Not only is one of our teaching artists, Kyd Kane, the current Poet Laureate of #GrandRapids, she is the second consecutive #PoetLaureate of the city to work with The Diatribe. This team is a poetry #POWERHOUSE. #UniteThroughDiatribe⠀
You can find more Kyd @KydSaidIt!
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Our students must have this radar for when we need that extra push to keep #doingthework. Our Executive Director received this heartfelt message today & now we're all in gear to get things done.

THIS RIGHT HERE!!! is why we do what we do y'all!

Happy Wednesday, hope you're staying hydrated ♡
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@iAmAutoPilot: "Every-day students surprise me, and that's the most enjoyable part of being a teacher with The Diatribe." ⠀
This multi-talented #artist and new father is one of our partners in poetry. Foster’s list of accolades is unending! He could choose to be anywhere, and he’s chosen time and time again to be part of our team! #UniteThroughDiatribe⠀
Follow along with Foster at @iAmAutoPilot!
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Yay Nigella!!

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Help send Nigella to Spellman College! Link in bio✨ (Swipe to see the prompt of the day & the prizes involved in our challenge) At the heart of everything we do in this organization is our students! This dynamic youth reached out to ask if we could share her college fund, so OF COURSE, we are doing just that! A snippet from the GoFundMe page: “My goal is to earn my bachelor's degree and utilize it to acquire a career that involves helping people and changing the world in order for every minority to have better access to their rights. I never thought I would get accepted into a historically black college/university. So, my acceptance to Spelman came as a surprise. If I could actually attend, it would be better than a dream come true!” Help send this brilliant young black woman to college, y’all! Over the years we have worked with her, we have watched her grow into such a force to be reckoned with. We hope you’ll support her in anyway you can! Link to her fund in our bio. #UniteThroughDiatribe to #CureThroughCommunity 🙏🏽✨
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As an organization that lives and breathes for our community, we are so grateful to be held in the same regard by those around us. The love we are receiving in an otherwise hard time has been incredibly uplifting. @woosahoutfitters has created these 4 posters, uplifting words 4 of our org's teaching artists through paper and ink! Every message is from a black artist living in Grand Rapids, speaking truth to black experience in our country. This is what #doingthework looks like, y'all!!!
We are so overjoyed to see the final product of this very emotional project. Huge thank you to Woosah Outfitters. (Did we mention only 100 of these babies will be released??)
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😍🔥 Shoutout to the teaching artists/staff involved:
@kydkanepoetry
@iamautopilot
@joce_oh_lyn
@fableistruth
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Standing in front of nearly 1,000 students reminiscing about the first time I took the stage.
I was in high school, I was terrified, but I never would have guessed that I would be working with students one day preparing them to read for their entire school.
This year I met so many young people that can and will change the world, they will go so much farther than me, and I’m SO excited to watch them continue to soar. 📷 zmbiephrsh
#MyDiatribe #UniteThroughDiatribe #listenlearngrowtogether
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3 DAYS AWAY FROM OUR 2020 VIRTUAL POETRY POP UP!!!!!!!!

Remember when we got to do live poetry in person?? WELL WE'RE STILL DOING IT LIVE, BABY!!! Just virtually!
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Catch us supporting & celebrating our incredible students, who have joined us via Zoom calls for the majority of their summer just to learn how to be better poets. We couldn't be any more excited for this show if we tried!!! You don't wanna miss it, folks!
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Our 2020 Virtual Poetry Pop Up is just 4 days away! The memories of past pop ups are so close to us, it seems like just yesterday when we had our first one! We will be streaming the virtual showcase of our current summer programming students live via Facebook this Saturday, see our previous post for more details, link to the event is in our bio, and check out our Facebook page! ...

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Over the next five days we’ll tell you all about the sex education program: What? Why? Who? Why? & When? If you want to get involved now- link to donate in bio & our Venmo is @the-diatribe ❤️ Help us #CureThroughCommunity & #UniteThroughDiatribe ✨✨ ...

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Nov. 23rd at the Grand Showcase. Photo by Zmbiephrsh #UniteThroughDiatribe ...

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It may be hot outside, but you know what's cool?

YOU BOOKED ALL THE SPOTS IN THE "WE ARE WATER" WORKSHOP WITH @pretty_boi_sprout AND @joce_oh_lyn !!!

Thank you to everyone who went over to @blandfordnaturecenter’s website to reserve their spot for this amazing program!

For folks who still want to attend but couldn't sign up before we sold out, we'll make an announcement if any spots re-open in time.

We can't wait to #UniteThroughDiatribe with you!!!!
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Over the next five days we’ll tell you all about the new sex education program: What? Why? Who? Why? & When? If you want to get involved now- link to donate in bio & our Venmo is @the-diatribe ❤️ Help us #CureThroughCommunity & #UniteThroughDiatribe ✨✨ ...

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We would like to take the time to recognize a local graphic designer- Luis Fernandez! We have him to thank for the Grand on this photo, so you'll be seeing his work on several of our future posts! Check our bio for his LinkedIn to get connected with him. Thanks, Luis! ...

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Society programs people into believing that it is normal to dislike what they do, that work isn’t enjoyable, and that successful dreamers are one in a million.
We live to shatter that false narrative, and manifest thoughts into becoming things.
News link in bio!

The Grand Showcase is Nov 23. Come dream with us!
#MyDiatribe #GrandRapids #UniteThroughDiatribe #SpokenWord #poetry
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