Due to COVID-19 YCA has suspended in-person programming. See our calendar for virtual programs.

What We Do for Schools, Colleges and Universities, Community Partners:

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WORKSHOP – One hour-long workshop with a member of YCA’s Teaching Artist Corps. Students can expect a process of creative self-discovery and identity-building, rooted in the Young Chicago Authors’ pedagogy and the poetics of the everyday.

RESIDENCY – A fully immersive residency with one or multiple YCA Teaching Artist/s that can last anywhere from one full day of classes to a longer term residency and can be designed to meet the needs of your school or classroom.

ASSEMBLY – A one-hour all-school assembly that energizes and ignites students around the principles and practices of Louder Than a Bomb, the world’s largest youth poetry festival. Assemblies feature one dynamic host, a DJ, and two to three performances from past participants in the LTAB festival.

KEYNOTE – A keynote-style speech that outlines YCA’s approach to radical inclusion, artistic-based organizing principles, and the insistence that young people’s stories are one that deserve to be heard.
Curriculum Development utilizing our Chicago Writes Curriculum and working with your educators and staff to develop our curriculum that suits your needs and includes an in-school PD session with your educators upon completion of the curriculum.

What We Do For Corporations:

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WORKSHOP + KEYNOTE – One workshop with a YCA lead teaching artist followed by a keynote-style speech. Workshops are designed to root the participant in creative self-discovery and identity-building, that helps creative people develop their voice, their perspective on the world, and infuse that voice and perspective into their craft. Speeches are designed for a larger corporate constituency that outlines YCA’s approach to radical inclusion, to artistic-based organizing principles, and the mentorship of artist-educators.

LOUDER THAN A BOMB LIVE – A full day immersion into the YCA experience, organized around the principles and practices of Louder Than a Bomb, the world’s largest youth poetry festival. Two workshops, followed by a keynote speech, followed by an open mic where the afternoon’s participants serve as the artists for an evening of performances, with a DJ, Host, and Featured Performance.

BREAKBEAT POETS LIVE – A celebratory performance event that highlights the crossover between Chicago’s spoken word and hip-hop communities, featuring a multi-generational mix of poets, rappers, musicians, graffiti artists, and DJs that include Young Chicago Authors core artistic associates alongside other members of the intersecting communities. The performances can be tailored to suit the client’s thematic needs.

For any questions email us at booking@youngchicagoauthors.org.

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